4-H Youth Teaching Youth comes to Forest Lake schools

Randy Rehbein reads a Berenstain Bears book to elementary students as part of the 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program. Photo submitted.

Randy Rehbein reads a Berenstain Bears book to elementary students as part of the 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program.
Photo submitted.

For the first time, this year the Washington County 4-H cross-age teaching program is coming to Forest Lake Area Schools.

Youth Teaching Youth brings high school teens to teach one hour in an elementary classroom for three weeks. The curriculum focuses on bullying, peer-pressure, internet safety and character.

The teens are first trained on classroom management skills and delivery methods.

Eight teen teachers from the Forest Lake High School FFA program delivered youth mentoring and life skills to more than 130 elementary students in Forest Lake School District. The teens were supervised by agriculture teacher Mike Miron.

“Being a teen teacher gave me the opportunity to use my leadership skills,” senior Luke Shaw said. “I enjoyed being looked upon as a celebrity by third graders.”

Educational research shows cross-age teaching to be an extremely effective educational delivery method.

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