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Coolum High students being taught to teach

5/08/2015

​While most students can’t wait to leave primary school for high school, some Year 11 students from Coolum State High School are doing the opposite.

The students are returning to Coolum State Primary School once a week to participate in an intense Teacher Aide Trainee Program.

 "They are taught the introductory strategies for teaching, including reading to young children and also basic math games that reinforce early math knowledge," said teacher, Danielle Siegert.
 
"It is such a wonderful program and both the primary and high school students are getting so much from it," she said.
 
The students spend every Thursday in designated Prep and Year 1 classrooms with the same teacher working as a trainee teacher aide.
 
The Primary School’s Deputy Principal, Linda Morse trains and supervises the students, with a focus on helping them develop teaching strategies for working successfully with young children in a way that is positive, supportive and energetic.

"This opportunity allows them to build on the skills they have already learnt in their own classrooms," said Mrs Siegert.

"The experience is linked to several competencies, however it is hoped that the students will gain vital employment skills in a highly professional environment and have exposure to career opportunities that they may consider in the future, including a career as a teacher aid, a teacher or a child care worker."

The program is part of Coolum State High School’s vision to ensure every child graduates with a qualification, whether that be a Queensland Certificate of Education, a vocation, an Education and Training Certificate, or a school based traineeship or apprenticeship.