It is my greatest honor to have the opportunity to teach your child. I am so happy to be at Roseville High School. Roseville High is my own neighborhood school and my own children have been in Tiger Country screaming, “Go Tigers!” My tiger stripes go deep.
I am a credentialed English Teacher and I love teaching. Moreover, I love my students. I have done extensive study and training in the area of Peer Helping Leadership. Peer Helping is a leadership class wherein I teach the process of leading others by peer assistance. Students will enter into one-to-one helping relationships through peer counseling, leading conflict management, leading community building workshops, giving school wide character assemblies, advising, and participating many other interpersonal helping roles. I have been a tenured teacher in 3 school districts. Besides teaching English, my former assignments have also included, Public Speaking, At Risk Student Advising, Community Day School Counseling/Team Building & Peer Assistance Leadership Training. Peer Helping is the perfect elective for me. It blends all of my passions: teaching, advising, peer counseling, public speaking, team building, leadership and writing. I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to spread that passion on through your child.
In this class your child will learn to use his/her leadership skills and gifts to better the school. Our Peer Helping motto is “Each for the Other.” We will be speaking to our student population on topics that affect student performance and character development. We will help others through peer counseling when they are struggling academically and/or emotionally. We will help by mentoring others if needed. We will lead conflict management when necessary. We will serve Roseville High School to the best of our ability and make a difference.
I believe you will be inspired as you see how your child will step out of their comfort zone when in this class. The students will give assemblies at Roseville High School and neighboring schools. Your child will be in a helping role with people they may have never thought of making a deep and lasting connection with. Your child will have more confidence when expressing their thoughts ideas and/or concerns. They will lead by example and impact our school for years to come. I can think of no greater honor. They are my heroes.
We will be working mostly out of two books. The Peer Helpers Handbook covers the process of counseling another student. It teaches us about the issues that young people face today. It trains us in the art of conflict management. It takes us through the grieving process, etc. The other book that I will cover is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. This book will teach us necessary leadership habits and help us live up to our potential. I will also teach concepts out of How Full Is Your Bucket and The Eighth Habit.
The grading policy is simple. Students are expected to have good attendance and participate in Peer Helping events and activities. Students will participate in public speaking, leadership, peer advising, conflict management, team building, etc. The first half of the term is like boot camp. Students will receive training in the above areas until mastery is achieved. Students will receive a Pass grade until they have completed the Peer Helping mid-term final for a letter grade. I will cover the learning targets. Once they pass the final they will be commissioned as an official Peer Helper. The second term final grade will be based on their participation and performance as an official Peer Helper. They are required to present a final presentation which includes a “Pay It Forward Project” indicating all they have completed and done as a Peer Helper. Our Peer Helping Website Link will allow you to access study guides and final exam/presentation information. I am confident that your child will be motivated and want to perform well in this class.
Here are the areas students will receive training in:
The Peer Helping Course will teach the process of helping another though leading, teaching/speaking, tutoring, support/advising, peer counseling, conflict management, and team building. If students are going to enter into these roles the learning targets for Peer Helping must be completed by 2nd Quarter Finals as Peer Helpers will begin entering into their helping role in the following ways during the completion of the term:
A. Leadership Training- Curriculum from Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Students will learn all “Seven Habits” & exercise them.
Be Proactive – Be the Change
Begin with the End in Mind – Mission & Work
Put First Things First – Big Rock Work-Goal Setting
Think Win-Win – Attitude Survey/Temperament Training
Seek First to Understand – Active Listening & Peer Counseling
Synergize – Working together projects-Collaborative Presentations
Sharpen the Saw – Collaboration/ Reflection/ Celebration
B. Speech Training -Public Speaking
Students will learn speech techniques and employ them.
In Class Requirement to Practice & Rehearse
Warm-ups for speakers
Student will learn ways to open:
a) personal experience
b) bold & challenging statement
c) rhetorical question
d) startling fact or statistic
e) feelings on particular issue
Group planning & Participation in Motivational Talks
Out of Class Experience – Speaking to other Classes
Evaluation and Group Reflection of Speeches
C. Peer Counseling Training - Peer Helping Handbook and Butte County Office of Education Curriculum and Inside-Out Workshop Strategies.
Students will be trained to advise/support students in need.
Three mandatory reportable incidents
Four Steps taken when you assume the Peer Helping role
Six characteristics of Active Listening
Effective use of “I” messages
Psychologist William Glasser’s 5 Basic Human Needs
The 5 Languages of Love
Enabling and Chemically Dependant Families
Students will learn the issues (p. 50-100 Peer Helper’s Book)
Steps to the Referral Process
D. Conflict Management Training - Peer Mediation Curriculum Packet from California Office of Education Trainings.and Peer Assistance Leadership Training Strategies.
Students will be trained in conflict management and lead it.
They will know what a conflict manager is.
They will know what a conflict manager is not.
They will know what a conflict manager does.
They will know conflict styles:
They will be able to teach rules of Active Listening
a) tone of voice
b) eye contact
c) facial expression
They will understand the Peer Mediation Process Form:
a) Introduction with Ground Rules
b) Defining the Problem
c) Finding the Solution
They will have the opportunity to lead Conflict Management
E. Team Building Training – In Class Training and Inside-Out Workshop Methods
Students will learn, participate and lead team building activities.
Team Building Participation and Training
Will facilitate Inside-Out Workshops and Challenge Day Activities
Will practice multiple team building strategies in and out of class.
Will lead team building in and out of class for other students on campus.
Will visit feeder schools in the District and form community with incoming students.
1st and 2nd Quarter = Training (Bootcamp)
3rd and 4th Quarter = Helping (Mission)
1st and 2nd Quarter Final Students will be a tested over the above learning targets and expected to complete all of the training so that they can be utilized on campus in a helping role. When they pass the test they become official peer helpers and we hold a commissioning ceremony.
3rd and 4th Quarter Final Students will give a final presentation speech with powerpoint conveying all that they have done in the above areas as they assume various peer helping roles on campus. In this final speech and presentation to the class they will include a “Pay It Forward” project and a person that they personally reached out to. Their grade will be based on self, peer and teacher evaluation and reflection.