Over the course of the last two months of school, the 2nd and 4th period Peer Resources classes are presenting information to other students about different topics, including: “Truth and Justice and Justice on Liberty Lane”, “Consent Tea”, and “The Power of LOVE.” These presentations are hosted in the cafeteria during 2nd and 4th period. Student presentations are meant to correct information in a fun, energetic way that hopefully students can respond to and remember that information. The student that is teaching gets a sense of power and leadership that they’re up there and feel capable of what they’re saying and doing positive things, proving to teachers that they can trust them taking control of the classroom.
“It’s pretty interesting because you’re basically becoming the teacher. I get how a teacher feels now,” reported Lindsey B., one of the students from Peer Resources.
While the students run the presentations, Peer Resources teacher, Jackie Alarcon, manages the student’s tasks, evaluates, ensure collaboration, and checks in to make sure students are managing their time wisely.
Jackie sent out invitations prior to the presentations, in early April, so that teachers can plan accordingly. Although teachers have tight schedules, it is also essential for students to hear, learn, and receive the “in between the cracks” education. For this, Peer Resources strive to teach about 500-800 students about topics they spend a semester’s long-worth of work on.
“I am very proud of the presentations that are run by my students. I see them grow throughout the year. It validates what I do, it validates all the hard work, and it shows me I’m in the right business of handing power over to students,” declared Jackie.
Ms. Yee’s geometry class attended multiple presentations about the racism, prejudices, and privileges in today’s society, and how those factors can affect one’s achievements and successes in life, had great things to say about the presentations. She said, “I think it’s very powerful because those students need someone who’s their age, telling them about new stuff, so it’s kinda like more impactful because then it’s not like an adult telling you “oh you should do this, you should do this; No, it’s actually someone their own age.”