Thursday, February 2, 2012

Mixing up the Groups

We find that our small group programs are beneficial because we are able to address student issues in a larger group without an individual feeling singled out. Sometimes our students learn more from each other than we can teach them. We figured if one group is beneficial to our students, why not two?

We’ve created opportunities for our small groups to interconnect.  Right now our Newspaper Group is interviewing our Bookstore group members. The Newspaper students learn interviewing skills and continue to expand their newspaper content, while the Bookstore students get to speak (brag) about their entrepreneurial success.  Additionally, both groups are exposed to new students they might not have known, along with new personalities, challenges and opportunities to continue developing the social and emotional skills they’ve learned from Partnership with Children.  It’s a win-win for all.

The Newspaper Group distributes their finished newsletter school wide every other month.  I’m excited to see what they’ve learned from partnering with their new friends in the Bookstore group and hope I can share some of the finished articles in a few weeks!