Hillcrest students become teachers for a day
December 6, 2012 1:48PM
Hillcrest students Alexandria Hill and Karlton Collins act out the confrontation between Chillingworth and Dimmesdale in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The Scarlet Letter” as part of teacher Gregory Fitch’s “You Teach It!” program. | Supplied Photo
Updated: January 10, 2013 6:03AM
Junior honors students at Hillcrest High School recently learned hands-on what it’s like to teach English as part of a differentiated learning series titled “You Teach It!”
Gregory Fitch’s studies in American literature students were assigned to teach six chapters of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The Scarlet Letter.” The students were put into groups and were given a rubric which included an entry assignment, developing activities and a closing assignment.
Students were expected to meet learning objectives throughout their lessons, as well as actively engage the class. The groups led discussions and came up with questions.
“I was impressed at the way the teachers-of-the-day got to the heart of the chapter, and their classmates were able to synthesize the information from the novel with their own experiences,” Fitch said.
“You Teach It!” is part of a series that Fitch created to help differentiate the material for his students. Students have used creative dramatics, character games, writing and class discussions to lead their classmates into an understanding of the themes and symbols of “The Scarlet Letter.”