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Peer Tutoring / Counselling

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This course has been developed and designed to teach students skills in leadership and interpersonal relations. It gives them the opportunity to help other students in a safe and familiar environment. Students will be involved in a mentoring role under the guidance of a teacher. They will learn about a variety of learning issues and how they can help students in the learning mode. Peer tutors will come to recognize their importance as a leader, role model, and helper. They will be exposed to a variety of situations that include tutoring and mentoring students who are having difficulties in the classroom. The approach to this course is one that encourages observation, interpretation, questioning, presentation, initiative and most importantly - involvement.

UNITS of INSTRUCTION: Introduction to the Course, Understanding a Peer Tutor Code of Ethics, Understanding Learning Styles, Taking the Initiative, Handling Conflict and Behaviour issues, The role of the peer tutor, practicing tutoring skills, Journal Writing, Discussion Scenarios

EVALUATION: Required Course Training, Journal entries and Classroom Placement Performance.

PREREQUISITE: Registered in grade 11 or 12.


This course is designed to introduce students to the basic skills necessary to establish and maintain successful helping relationships with peers. Skills learnt will also promote and support successful relationships with family members and other members of society. Students will develop skills in the areas of interpersonal communication, empathic listening, questioning techniques, ethics, referrals, decision-making and problem solving, peer mediation, mentoring, suicide prevention awareness, assertiveness training, anger management, lesson plan development and self-assessment.

UNITS of INSTRUCTION: Orientation to Peer Counseling, Interpersonal Communication, Listening, Feedback, Role of Questioning, Decision Making and Problem Solving, Ethics and Referral, Practicum Placement, Suicide Prevention, Conflict Resolution, Mentoring. Assertiveness Training, Anger Management, Social and Health Issues Affecting Youth, Lesson Plan Development, Self Assessment.

EVALUATION COMPONENTS: Weekly Journal, Assignments re: Content Classes, Self-Evaluation, School Project, Class Participation, Mediation management, Elementary Placement evaluation.

PREREQUISITE: Successful referral and interview process and MSS Staff recommendation.