Students become Teachers

 Students become Teachers

"To teach is to learn twice" - Joseph Joubert

Last year, 291 people died in Australian waterways and there was an estimated total of 685 non-fatal drowning incidents resulting in hospitalisation. In our Year 9 Outdoor Education program, we use these staggering statistics as a catalyst to create change. This term, students are learning about Oceanography and how to stay safe and have fun at the beach. Over the last four weeks the Year 9 students have been participating in lessons in the classroom and at the beach, learning about wave formation, rips, drowning statistics and how to move and behave in the surf. Now, our Year 9's are becoming experts as they complete an inquiry into beach drownings. This task sees the Outdoor Education students working in small teams to meet with groups of Year 5 or 6 students in an effort to teach them about beach safety and water awareness. This week, the Outdoor Education Students met with the Year 5/6 group to determine what they already know about staying safe at the beach. It’s back to the classroom for them now as they plan an educational resource or program for their younger peers, which they will deliver in a few weeks' time. I can't wait to see what they develop!

 

Georgie Brown
Outdoor Education Teacher

 

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