Kids! of the Month
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Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things. We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements.
in the Project Tomorrow Docent Program at
Trabuco Hills High School, in Mission Viejo, California.
Program at Trabuco Hills High School:
- fifth grade teacher at Ceila Vista Elementary School
"Every day someone in my class asks when Traci and Sean are coming to do another science lesson. My class interest in science is at an all-time high! The enthusiasm of the docents in contagious. And the lessons are interesting, well-organized and fun."
- third grade teacher at Trabuco Mesa Elementary School
"Our family had fun learning together. We had different ideas about what would happen. It sparked our curiosity."
- father of third grader at Family Science Night at O'Neill
This month, Amazing Kids! is proud to honor the amazing work of students at Trabuco Hills High School in Mission Viejo, California. 14 promising future science teachers from the high school are working with elementary students from 4 elementary schools, helping them learn about science.
The elementary students love their science lessons, because the high school student docents make it fun! Read about their story below, and who knows? Maybe you'll want to become a cool science teacher too someday!
The Trabuco Hills High Docent program
began when some amazing adults at The Saddleback Valley School District
(www.svusd.k12.ca.us) in partnership
with Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org)
created the student docent program, in order to enhance science education
at the elementary school level. The docent program, offered as a science
elective class at Trabuco Hills High School, is made up of 14 juniors and
seniors who are interested in possibly becoming teachers. These amazing
students work hard designing science lessons that support the elementary
science curriculum, and then go into the elementary classrooms to teach
the lessons to the elementary students. The program provides extra
hands-on science activities for students in grades K-6, which makes learning
science even more fun for the younger students!
These amazing high school docents
are great peer role models for the elementary students. The elementary
students really love having the docents bring the lessons into their classrooms.
They get excited about learning science because they get to work with the
amazing high school students from Trabuco High School!
This year (1998-99) the docents have spent their class time learning science lessons for grades three and five. Working in grade level teams, the docents design lessons that add to the science lessons already being taught by the classroom teachers.
The lessons are designed to get the elementary students to ask questions about a science concept. During this segment of the lesson, the docents teach new science vocabulary, use visuals and conduct demonstrations. This "elicitation" portion of the lesson is followed by a hands-on, age appropriate activity which helps students reinforce their learning.
Finally, the docents end their lessons by using a "real world" example of each of the concepts they teach to help the students relate the concept to something outside the classroom.
The docents also spend time on the Internet searching for Web sites that could be beneficial to teachers when teaching a specific lesson. They also identify sites that are appropriate for the elementary students to use.
Trabuco Hills High School 1998-99 Amazing Docents!
Trabuco Hills High School Amazing Educators!
Paul Pedigo, instructor
- A fifth grade student at Trabuco Mesa Elementary School.
The docent program was intended as
a model for other schools to use. The program is being expanded each year.
Presently, the docents visit four elementary school sites. These include
Trabuco Mesa, Cielo Vista, O'Neill, and Trabuco Elementary schools. Next
year three more schools, Portola Hills, Robinson Ranch, and Melinda Heights,
will be added to the program. The docents will concentrate on lessons for
the first and sixth grade classes.
The goal of the Saddleback Valley Unified School District Renaissance Project is to develop studentsí passion for learning in the areas of science and technology, and to create independent, inquisitive students who are able to meet the rigors of post-graduate options. These goals are being accomplished through the implementation of programs that will foster scientific curiosity and teach life long learning skills including verbal and written communication and problem solving. The project involves five major components: The Summer Science Institute for elementary teachers, the high school docent program, the middle school technology program, the family night science programs and the high school science and technology career elective course.
"The Trabuco Hills High School Mission Statement is the driving force that guides our school curriculum, instruction, programs and activities. It states: 'Through active participation in learning experiences, the Trabuco Hills community will educate students to graduate with the knowledge, discipline and social skills to become productive citizens in our changing world.' This is truly a tall order. However, the faculty, staff and administration, in partnership with parents are committed to providing our students with the finest comprehensive education in Orange County.
The faculty, staff and administration strive to provide a clean, safe, and orderly environment that promotes student learning and enhances academic achievement. In addition to 99 well-trained classroom teachers, including the largest number of mentor teachers in the district, Trabuco Hills High School is one of the most technologically advanced campuses in the county. There are over 300 PC and Macintosh computers linked to the Internet for research and communication purposes. Specialized programs such as the Project Tomorrow Docent Program, Video/Television Production, Computer Programming (C++) and the newly created Institute of Medical Science and Health provide students with unique opportunities to use "state of the art technology". Trabuco Hills High School is clearly leading the way in the development of productive, technologically literate citizens."
Recent Trabuco Hills High School highlights include:
AP pass rate of 85% on 211 exams (1997)
Project Tomorrow is a community partnership dedicated to systemic change in Orange County, California K-12 science education.
It is a collaborative effort between educators, businesses, and organizations to enhance science education by supporting projects and programs, professional development, and creating community awareness and involvement.
Project Tomorrow was founded in 1996 by the Orange County Science & Technology Alliance for Education. The alliance serves as the science & technology committee for the Orange County Business-Education Alliance and as the education committee for the American Electronics Association of Orange County.
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