by Chyna Broadnax, originally published in the Statesville Record and Landmark on 10/8/10
Statesville High School student Jasmine Fair is thankful she has the opportunity to help middle school students. Their teacher is more than happy for the extra pair of hands Fair provides in the busy classroom, as well. Fair is part of a new tutoring program through Statesville High and Statesville Middle schools that offers upperclassman the chance to get hands-on learning in a professional environment.
Once a week, SHS students visit the middle school for nearly three hours to help tutor students and act as teacher assistants. The high school students help grade papers and assist with other classroom work and tutor the sixth- through eighth-grade students. “I really like it,” Fair said. “I enjoy it a lot. It’s a great experience.”
Fair, 17, works with middle school teacher Phyllis Chunn-Duncan. She said tutoring complements her studies in the early childhood education course she’s taking at SHS. Chunn-Duncan said Fair is professional and quiet in her approach. The partnership between the high school and middle school is a “tremendous assistance,” Chunn-Duncan said. “It gives students an opportunity to get hands-on experience in the classroom and see professionals at work,” she said.
Sixth-grader Camryn Edwards, 11, said it feels good to have someone in the classroom she can relate to. “She’s been where we are and she knows what it’s like and she can help us,” she said of Fair.
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