Students turn tutors
Once a week, from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Loveland Middle School (LMS) students expand learning through the school’s exploratory program – a program designed to allow students to develop skills and interests while also offering intervention and extra help.
“This is a 30 minute period that offers seventh and eighth grade students the time to work on projects,” said Chris Burke, LMS principal. “They have the opportunity to focus with a teacher on the area of study that is most interesting to them – or something they may need some extra help with, like homework.”
Certain LMS eighth grade music students have turned into teachers themselves during the exploratory time; the older students are tutoring younger fifth graders in the string program.
“This was an exciting development in our use of the program; the students are doing this to extend their musicianship and technique as well as develop some musical independence,” explained Rachel Bierkan, LMS orchestra director. “I facilitate the students' work, but it is very much an independent study and group collaboration. It helps both the younger and the older student grow and learn.”
In addition to the tutoring set up, LMS seventh grade students have focused on chamber performance.
“This is a real opportunity to fine-tune skills in music study,” said Bierkan. “As a music instructor, I’m thrilled we have this dedicated time to devote to the art of the craft during the school week.”
“It is encouraging that our older students are reaching out and mentoring younger students in the district,” said Burke. “A student tutor can be a powerful positive influence, and we will continue to encourage this relationship as the exploratory program evolves.”
Photo caption (L to R): Laura Rountree, Kaylee Michael, Delaney Dunster, Molly Wallace