• WHAT STUDENTS WILL LEARN IN THE PEER HELPING COURSE 

    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. 

    1. Be Proactive – Be the Change 
    2. Begin with the End in Mind – Mission & Work 
    3. Put First Things First – Big Rock Work-Goal Setting 
    4. Think Win-Win – Attitude Survey/Temperament Training 
    5. Seek First to Understand – Active Listening & Peer Counseling 
    6. Synergize – Working together projects-Collaborative Presentations 
    7. Sharpen the Saw – Collaboration/ Reflection/ Celebration 

    B. Speech Training -Public Speaking 

    Students will learn speech techniques and employ them. 

    1. In Class Requirement to Practice & Rehearse 
    2. Warm-ups for speakers 
    3. 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 
    4. Group planning & Participation in Motivational Talks 
    5. Out of Class Experience – Speaking to other Classes 
    6. Evaluation and Group Reflection of Speeches 

    C. Tutor Training - Sacramento Office of Education Curriculum for Tutoring Strategies 

    Students will be trained tutors who employ their skills. 

    1. Tutorial Overview and Methods in class training 
    2. Learning Styles and Teaching styles education 
    3. Costa’s levels of questions 
    4. Mock tutorial practice 
    5. In and Out of class real life tutoring experience 

    D. Support/Advisor 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. 

    1. Three mandatory reportable incidents 
    2. Four Steps taken when you assume the Peer Helping role 
    3. Six characteristics of Active Listening 
    4. Effective use of “I” messages 
    5. Psychologist William Glasser’s 5 Basic Human Needs 
    6. The 5 Languages of Love 
    7. Enabling and Chemically Dependant Families 
    8. Students will learn the issues (p. 50-100 Peer Helper’s Book) 
    9. Steps to the Referral Process 

    E. 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. 

    1. They will know what a conflict manager is. 
    2. They will know what a conflict manager is not. 
    3. They will know what a conflict manager does. 
    4. They will know conflict styles: 
    a) Denial/Passive 
    b) Confrontation/Aggressive 
    c) Problem-Solving/Assertive 
    5. They will be able to teach rules of Active Listening 
    a) tone of voice 
    b) eye contact 
    c) facial expression 
    d) posture 
    e) gestures 
    f) attitude 
    6. They will understand the Peer Mediation Process Form: 
    a) Introduction with Ground Rules 
    b) Defining the Problem 
    c) Finding the Solution 
    7. They will have the opportunity to lead Conflict Management 

    F. Team Building Training – In Class Training and Inside-Out Workshop Methods 


    Students will learn, participate and lead team building activities. 

    1. Team Building Participation and Training 
    2. Will facilitate Inside-Out Workshops and Challenge Day Activities 
    3. Will practice multiple team building strategies in and out of class. 
    4. Will lead team building in and out of class for other students on campus. 
    5. 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 will be a test over the above concepts and completion of training so that they can be utilized on campus in a helping role. 

    3rd and 4th Quarter Final will be a final presentation showing all that they have done in the above areas as they assume various helping roles on campus. Students may rely on portfolios, power point, video, speeches, etc., to relay their mission. 

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