By Thayne Jackson
The talented and gifted class at Cactus Canyon was recently able to take a pilot course from Arizona State University.
The program was a training for a supplemental instruction leader. This is a job position where an excelling student helps teach a student whose grades may not be ideal.
TAG teacher Rachel Mangum was able to arrange for her second hour students to participate in the ASU class activity. The students worked on this assignment during their free time at the end of the AIMS week. For participation, students earned a soda of their choice.
“The course was about a program at ASU where students help other students to succeed in their classes,” said Mangum. “I thought it would be a challenge for the TAG students, I feel that it gave them an opportunity they have not had before.”
The course consisted of several sessions, with multiple instructional videos on teaching the student how to be a leader in the Supplemental Instruction program.
“I was frightened at first, thinking it’d be hard,” said seventh grader Michael Preston. “I learned that really it isn’t very hard. Many people can do it if they try.”