By Corinne McGillicutty
Have you ever wondered what it’s like teaching elementary school students before? Well some 8th grade students in team 4 at the Lawrence School are getting the chance to in the C.A.S.T. (which stands for cross-age science teaching) project. This project involves a group of about 20 8th grade students participating in 2 after-school training sessions, which trains the students to teach the 3rd graders at the North Falmouth Elementary School various science lessons, mainly focusing on circuits and electricity. After the training sessions, the students get transported in a bus to North Falmouth School for around 1 hour 30 minutes and get to teach the kids with hands-on experiments what they have learned in the training sessions.
The head of this program is Mrs. Parks. She does a wonderful job instructing the students, and making sure that everybody is involved. The 3rd grade students enjoy the program a lot, and the 8th grade students enjoy teaching them as well.
Emma Helfrich, an 8th grader who is involved with the program loves teaching the elementary students. She says: “I think it is a great chance for the 8th graders to be able to teach the 3rd graders about science and hopefully get them more interested in the subject.”
Each 8th grader has a group consisting of 3-5 students, which they will continue to work with and instruct from between November 17th until December 3rd. The students picked to help teach were asked to participate because they are interested in science and are motivated to teach others, so the 8th graders are sure to be interested in learning about science. The hands-on experiments and work with wires and batteries interest the 3rd graders a lot, so the C.A.S.T. project is very popular with the students.
Another 8th grader participating in the C.A.S.T. program is Jamie Driscoll, and he greatly appreciates working with all the 3rd grade students. He says: “The kids are great! They get into the lesson and love doing the hands-on work.”
The C.A.S.T. program is a wonderful program for students in both 3rd and 8th grade to learn more about science and get a feel for what it’s like to be a teacher, and the students get a chance to make friends with people in different age groups. It is a great way to learn more about circuits and electricity, and everybody has a lot of fun in the process.