Peabody Magnet students become science teachers for a day
TheTownTalk. Miranda Klein. November 14, 2017.

Seniors at Peabody Magnet switched roles in the classroom this week to teach material from their high school biology courses to younger students. 

The assignment was part of an upper-level course taught by biology and chemistry instructor Torri Byrd, who asked the group to prepare lessons that included a presentation on complex scientific concepts and an interactive component. 

It also was an educational opportunity for middle schoolers from Peabody's feeder school, Arthur F. Smith Middle Magnet, who were invited to learn from their older peers.

"They say that reciprocal teaching is the best way to show that you know something," Byrd said, adding, "My kids are kind of getting another perspective of a possible career path, too."

Demetria Vincent said the practice in public speaking is something students can use. 

"It's great experience, especially if you want to be a teacher," she said. 

Vincent and her classmates Breonna Jones and Michael Austin explained how to use a Punnett square to younger students.

Another group — made up of Dana Williams, Kestiny Brevelle and Rocky Countee — taught students about the process of mitosis.

Their preparation involved some creativity.

"I had to put myself in a middle-school mind," Brevelle said.

Because they wanted the information to stick, the seniors came up with a song about the stages of mitosis.

They also had younger students illustrate the stages by arranging gummy worms. 

The seniors' teaching strategies seemed to do the trick, Byrd said. 

"The biggest thing that amazed me was that they were able to bring it down to a seventh-grade level," she said.

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