Helping one another learn

I’ve been taking Fr. Jose, SCJ, around campus to have supper in several of our student homes so he gets the chance to practice his English and get to know St. Joseph’s staff, students and programs. At the Cyr Home (4th-5th grade boys) with a dozen 10 and 11 year old Lakota (Sioux) boys animatedly chatting around the table on every subject from sports to movies to comic books, it was obvious that he was experiencing English overload, especially with all the cultural references he wasn’t familiar with. But he’s a good sport about it.

After supper was a different story. As the boys started in on their homework and an atmosphere of calm quiet took hold, Fr. Jose started working with the students one at a time, reviewing quiz questions and spelling words. Darius had extra homework to make up. He helped Fr. Jose read the questions and together they figured out the answers.  In that way, Darius became the teacher for a while, and they were mutually pleased to be able to help one another.

They say you really haven’t learned a subject until you’re able to teach it to another.


Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

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