Vermont Commons School eighth-graders become teachers

Vermont Common School eighth-graders Benjamin Poulin, top L and Andrew Stern, top R teaching first graders from Edmunds Elementary School.

Vermont Commons School eighth-graders hosted Edmunds Elementary School first-graders on Friday, March 10 at the Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibit on Human Evolution at Fletcher Free Library. Vermont Commons School students came up with lesson plans that taught the Edmunds students about “Human Evolution, Prehistoric Cave Painting and What it Means to be Human.”

“It was fun and a little strange to be working with first-graders,” said Benjamin Poulin ’21 of Shelburne. “When they are in a group they are really energetic but then when you just have a couple of them, they can be more focused.”

Vermont Commons School teacher and Middle School Director Heather Moore developed the curriculum that culminated with eighth-graders being prepared to be docents. With colleague Ben Patrick, Chair of the VCS Art Department, Moore received a grant from Fund for Teachers that enabled them to finance a trip to view Paleolithic cave art in France, Spain, and Italy. She then created lesson plans on this early art work.

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