Cheers for Peers

Cheers for Peers

Third Grader Shawn Sullivan asks his kindergarten students, Issac Duerling, Emmitt Marsh and Nathan Sandburg to remember  some rhyming words from a story he just read.  

Cheers for Peers  

Xavier Vallejo is a happy 'teacher' to Isaiah Verduin and Julianna Sowa.   

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Riley Barber (in back) will make an awesome teacher someday.  Her students, Gabriel Spaw, Saratu Mutuwa and Emily Barber were all smiles during the rhyming lesson. 
 Peer teaching is nothing new and in fact dates back as far as the days of Greek philosopher and scientist, Aristotle.  The simple concept in which learners help each other learn by teaching is alive and well and has real benefits for even the youngest students at Jane Ball. 

Every Friday, 3rd graders from Mrs. Plants’ class visit kindergarten students in Mrs. Novitski’s class armed with a story and a skill that the kindergarten students need to learn.  This Friday, the third grade teachers focused on rhyming words.

 “What rhymes with oats,” asked 3rd grader Shawn Sullivan. 

“Goats,” responded kindergarten student Emmitt Marsh with great enthusiasm.

“Hey, he didn’t raise his hand,” pointed out fellow kindergartner, Issac Duerling.

If the structure is not quite as tight when the third graders are in charge, it’s more than compensated for by the student’s enthusiasm and engagement.  From small group to small group, students were all smiles and actively finding the rhyming words in the story.

In a secluded corner of the classroom, third grade instructor, Riley Deakin was displaying all the necessary skills of the teacher she someday hopes to be.  In her small group, which included:  Gabriel Spaw, Saratu Mutuwa and Emily Barber, the young students were not only identifying words that rhyme, but were writing them out on a small dry erase board as well?  “I just wanted to make it more fun for them,” said Riley. 

Across the classroom Xavier Vallejo was reading the story, “That’s Not All,” for a second time to Isaiah Verduin and Julianna Sowa who found the story giggle worthy. 

Mrs. Novitski walked the classroom checking on each group and offering words of encouragement.  “We began doing this last year, and are going to continue the program every Friday this year,” she said.  “It’s a great way for the 3rd graders to practice their reading skills and it helps kindergarten students begin to learn the basic literacy skills they need to master.  Every week they tackle a new story and a new skill.“

What do both groups gain from the program? Third graders have limitless opportunities to develop helpful and caring behaviors and gain self esteem by teaching skills they have already mastered.  The kindergarten students are immersed in an activity that greatly impacts their language development and provides instant role models on a weekly basis.  There are limitless opportunities to learn social skills for both groups. 

What rhymes with peer?  How about cheer?  It’s what you feel like doing after you’ve watched these student groups intently working together on literacy skills that will last a lifetime.  

Getting to Know Principal Snedden

Deborah Snedden has been the Principal at Jane Ball Elementary School since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year.  Mrs. Snedden is a native of Crete, Illinois with a special tie to Cedar Lake.  Her husband, Mark Snedden, is a former Hanover alumni.  They are the parents of a blended family of seven and currently reside in Crown Point.

Prior to becoming the Principal of Jane Ball, Mrs. Snedden served as the Curriculum Director at Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, following fifteen years of teaching in the Crown Point schools.  She is a graduate of Crete-Monee High School with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue Calumet,  a Master’s in Educational Administration from Ball State and is currently working on her PHD from Indiana State University.    Mrs. Snedden has been a presenter at professional development workshops and has worked with the Mathematics Department at Purdue Calumet to bring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning to life at Jane Ball. 

As she walks through the halls of Jane Ball the students smile and high five’s are the norm rather than the exception.  “I’m here to make sure these kids are 21st century learners.  What they’ll need to know to succeed in life starts right here,” said Snedden.   “I have a passion for collaborating with students, teachers and parents.”


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