Peer study skills class

Peer study skills class

Westhampton Beach Middle School seventh-grader Conner Poch was given the special privilege of directing a lesson and addressing his younger peers as part of a study skills class on Oct. 10.

While the class, taught by librarian Yvonne Perez, is geared to help sixth-graders hone their study skills, it also gives seventh-graders a chance to strengthen their public speaking abilities. Every quarter, Perez invites a seventh-grader to present an aspect of the curriculum to the class. As this quarter’s presenter, Poch worked with Perez to develop a lesson plan and activities that coincided with the topic at hand – in this case, memorization. 

Expressing poise and confidence, Poch stood before the class and reviewed the learning tools of categorization and visualization. He then directed the sixth-graders to engage in Google Classroom activities that reinforced the lesson. 

Poch said he was thrilled for the opportunity and would look forward to teaching a class again. Outside of school, he is a member of the Westhampton Beach Junior Fire Department and plans to join his school’s volleyball and tennis teams.