Senior Lord Byng Secondary ceramics students recently played teacher when the school was visited by a class of eager Kindergarten students from Carnarvon Elementary. Over the course of two classes, Carnarvon kids worked with their Byng buddies to sculpt and paint homemade flower planters.
The crafting gave the Grade 12 students a real appreciation for teaching, forcing them to know the skills well enough to pass them along to the younger students in a clear and comprehensible fashion.
"They got a new appreciation for teaching," says Byng teacher Lori York, who helped orchestrate the visit. "Everyone was excited about it and empowered. As a teacher the whole thing is really rewarding."
The project came about because of the artistic interest expressed by York's son who happens to be in Kindergarten at Carnarvon in Sally Kim's class.
Kim and York struck up a conversation about the value of the artistic training, collaboration and mentorship such a partnership would forge. Turns out it was a match made in heaven.
"I think the kids are getting a base skill and are able to explore different materials," says Kim. "That they are able to have this experience with a much older buddy is really exciting for them. Secondary students are fantastic role models and it is great to see my students come into a high school."
Both Kim and York hope this partnership will continue to flourish in the coming years.
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