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Peer Mentors at Griffin
Posted on 10/23/2018
This is the image for the news article titled Peer Mentors at GriffinGriffin is expanding on the previous concept of older students becoming TA's or mentors in various classes.  By creating a "Peer Mentoring" course available to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders any period of the day; it allows the entire Griffin staff to consider what needs, school wide, can be filled by older students.  In turn this creates a diverse list of potential "jobs" across the building.  Younger students and students with various ability levels often respond more positively to peers than teachers.  In addition, post high school life requires young adults to rely on each other within the community.  This course prepares peer mentors for their future work, while offering Mentees the opportunity to experience a variety of learning techniques from the older students they often idolize.

Peer mentors had to spend the first week of class analyzing their own interests, completing a national job survey, and interviewing to demonstrate the required independence and self motivation.  The enthusiasm around this course is remarkable.  It has already grown in both the number of older students wanting an opportunity to work, and the number of younger classrooms hosting unique jobs.

Here is the course description:
Are you ready to start thinking about your future job?  There are so many choices in this growing economy.  Let's take a look at all the career paths that match your personality type and interests.  Most of the term, you will be working hands-on in one of the many positions around Griffin school.  Maybe you want lead games on the playground, teach art to preschoolers, work with kindergarten math manipulatives, teach students with disabilities how to read, or run our copy and laminating machines in the office.  There are many, many more options available . . . please consider joining our peer mentoring enrichment course and gain a boost on your future employment skills.

Instructor:  Ivy Kardes, M.S. & M. Ed.