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We had a couple of fantastic sessions recently with our Melbourne ISIC Marine Ambassadors for their Peer Teaching Workshops! The novelty of attending workshops in person has not yet worn off as Ambassadors, teachers and DRI staff alike were excited to attend the workshop! The Ambassadors also loved getting to know students from other schools! After teaching some great tips and tricks for effective and engaging communication, Mandy and Jess taught a range of fun ocean-related activities. The Ambassadors were so engaged, learning some fascinating facts about species that live in our local bays as well as a range of conservation issues and solutions!
The Ambassadors then practised teaching the activities to each other with many commenting that they didn’t know how much fun it could be to teach about marine conservation! The students showed us they really understood what an Ambassador should be by supporting each other through the different challenges. The Ambassadors then became the teachers, and they did a fantastic job of teaching a younger class about the marine environment and the simple actions we can all take to help protect it! The younger students had such a great time, and the Ambassadors had their rapt attention from start to finish!
It is so rewarding to watch young environmental leaders gain the confidence in a few short hours to learn and then effectively teach the marine activities to their younger cohorts, and the support that they gave each other was so inspiring to witness! Thank you so much to Princess Hill and St Jude’s Langwarrin Primary Schools for hosting the workshops and as always to the wonderful teachers, parents and carers that transported our Ambassadors to the workshop, without you it would not be possible!