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Saugus students take on the role of teacher

Guiding third-to sixth-graders through ‘real life’

Posted: December 9, 2008 10:19 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Saugus High School junior Brittany Rodi makes a point to her Fair Oaks Ranch Community School students.

 

Eleven students from Saugus High School traded in their morning classes for an opportunity to play teacher Nov. 18.

Through the Junior Achievement volunteer program, students traveled to Fair Oaks Ranch Community School, where they took on four hours of guiding third- to sixth-graders through "real life" information on jobs and careers, business planning and the role of government in the economy.

"I like to work with kids, and I thought it would be a fun opportunity," junior Brittany Rodi said.

The young teachers began the day introducing themselves to the class and getting to know each student.

Following a lesson plan, the teachers taught their students the importance of city zoning, banks and public needs.

The children also learned about the process of creating a business and what it's like to prosper.

Formulating several activities, students were challenged to build houses, create restaurants and design newspapers while working as a team. This was enjoyed not only by the teachers, but also by the children.

"It was cool because they were really depending on one another and they all had good ideas," Rodi said.

Besides working, the teachers received a crash-course on what it's like to work with 30 younger students.

"You have to be patient because they are easily entertained," Rodi said. "They listen for the most part but they like to develop their own little personalities."

For Saugus students, the Junior Achievement program provided many career-seekers with a taste of adult life and a small step in what could be a career.

"It's a great way for teenagers to get involved and see what that next step is like," said Nancy Heinisch, Saugus High career advisor.

Though senior Elizabeth Kerr does not aspire to teach, she enjoyed her teaching experience.

"I love kids because they all have something special about them, and despite their age they still have a passion to learn," Kerr said.

Paul Indravudh is a Saugus High School junior.

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