Learning by Teaching – Academy Students Teach Flying

Students at the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering hosted teachers from the four grade level teams in our school, John Wallace Middle School, over the past week. But the students did not just welcome the teachers–they also taught them to fly in our STEMPilot flight simulators. Ms. Garavel had her 7th grade academy students plan a lesson for the teachers they taught from the 5th and 7th grade teams. The students wrote lesson plans and even assigned homework! My 8th grade students also planned lessons and showed the 6th and 8th grade teams how to fly a Cessna 172, then more advanced maneuvers on a Boeing 747 and a F/A-18 fighter aircraft. The teachers also got tours of our academy and saw how the students learn all aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) in an integrated approach. Giving students this opportunity to be teachers definitely challenged them and helped them become better learners.

Here are photos of the 7th grade academy students teaching the 5th grade and 7th grade teachers and our principal, Mr. Milardo, to fly:



Here are photos of the 8th graders teaching the 6th grade and 8th grade teachers to fly:


Author: Bryan Holmes, Physics & Math Teacher, STEM Competition Mentor

Starting at Thomaston High School in Thomaston, Connecticut, in fall of 2018.

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