Student leaders

What do I do?

What do I do?

SeeMe looks fantastic. But what’s my role?

You are the facilitator. This means you are there to guide and help your classmates work through the modules. You don’t tell them the answers or do the work for them. You encourage them. You’re the one who will introduce the modules and give an overview of each one. You will circulate around the class helping the students as they work through the activities. You’re the one who will answer their questions.

What do I need to do before the class?

It’s important that you know your ‘stuff’. Work through the modules yourself and take notes about what worked well, and what didn’t. Do you know how to use all of the ICT components of the modules? You will need to know, so have a look at the ones you’ll be using, before you start each module. You need to make sure that you have all the materials required for the module available when you start the first lesson. This includes: magazines; scissors; glue; poster paper; whiteboard pens. Do the pens work? Your teacher will arrange for the class to have access to computers and the programs.

What do I do at the start of the class?

If this is the first lesson, introduce the module and give an overview of it. If this isn’t the first lesson, you need to recap what you did last time before you continue the activities.

What do I do during the class?

At various times your classmates will be expected to work in pairs and small groups. Here are some strategies for organising the class:

  • Give clear instructions, eg “Choose a partner to work with for the next activity”; “Get into groups of three. Choose one person to be on the computer”.
  • For group work, you should count the number of people in the class and divide them equally so that the groups are even, eg if there are 24 in the class and you want them in groups of three, there will be eight groups.
  • Make sure you keep circulating. Share your time with everyone in the class.
  • Encourage students to stay on-task. If you see that students are finished, you need to show them what to do next. If they are not focused on the activities, you need to step in. Sit with them and get them back on track by helping them with the activity.
  • Remember that you will have some group activities, so make sure you bring the whole class back together to share information at the end of the group activity.

What do I do at the end of the lesson?

Towards the end of the lesson, let the class know that time is coming to an end. Remind them to save their work. Bring the whole class back together to review the lesson. Some questions you might use are: “What was the topic today?”; “What are two new things that you learned today?”; “What is something that you are interested in learning more about?”

What are the practical skills that I require?

  • Writing on the whiteboard: if you’ve never done this before, practise! Your writing needs to be large and clear so that it’s easy to read, even from the back of the room. Your writing needs to be in 'print' not 'joined together'.
  • Know the ICT programs: make sure you know which programs you are going to use in each module. You need to have practised using the ICT programs before the class. As facilitator, you might be asked to help your classmates with a particular program and you need to be able to assist them.
  • Giving instructions: wait until everyone is listening, before you give instructions. Make your instructions clear and concise. Check that everyone understands what they are doing, eg “Are there any questions?”; “Do you understand what you have to do?”
  • Time keeping: keep your eye on the time. You need to have a schedule for the session. For example, if the class has been working in pairs, and you then want a whole class feedback discussion, you need to know when you are going to call the class back together.