Peer Teaching "To teach is to learn twice." -Joseph Joubert
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others? Consider peer teaching...
Middle and high school students often listen to and learn best from their peers, especially when it involves tough issues like sexual assault and other predatory crimes. In fact, peer teaching is a very effective way to increase awareness and share effective prevention strategies between students.
If you're a teen who wants to get involved and make a difference, consider peer teaching in your own school via the Teen Lures TV Newscast. You are sure to find it an incredibly worthwhile experience.
Another peer teaching opportunity exists for teens interested in teaching personal safety to elementary school students. In schools across the country, middle and high school students are catching the teaching bug! Child Lures Prevention's Think First & Stay Safe! School Program has become a popular project for students interested in making a difference.
With adult training and supervision, motivated students view the "Training for Prevention" video, study the Presenter's Instruction Guide, and practice delivering presentations. Some students videotape their practice sessions to review and critique. Once middle/high school students are adequately trained, they present the program to elementary students. Elementary student response to peer teaching has been consistently and overwhelmingly positive.
Several years ago, a group of eighth and ninth grade students at All Saints Episcopal School in Lubbock, Texas began teaching the Think First & Stay Safe! School Program to younger children. That one group of middle school students alone reached out to nearly 1,000 elementary students. They are credited with saving five children from criminal abduction, and untold others from sexual abuse.
Testimonial: "As a professional communicator, I was most impressed with the concept of young people teaching other young people. It seems to me that the trust and belief level was greater between these teens and my first and third-graders because of proximity of age than it would have been had an adult authority figure made the presentation. I sincerely hope that you have plans to enlarge the scope of this program."
- Margaret Sheffield Simon, Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Participation in the Teen Lures TV Newscast or Think First & Stay Safe! peer teaching can be incorporated into Social Studies, Public Speaking and Theatre curricula, and community outreach programs. Remember, it's proactive teens like you that can make a real impact on sexual abuse prevention! (See related multimedia below.)