I love my after school “Catch Up Club” on Wednesdays. It’s just my class so they can get extra help or catch up on work. I offered this at conferences in the Fall and almost all the parents signed up. As soon as the bell rings, the kids go to their lockers to get their snack, get out their homework, and find a comfy spot in the room. If their homework is finished, they come to me for help with something else, or they get to play math games.
As I look around, I see how they pair off, or work in groups. Some kids like to curl up with a pillow and work alone. It is a very relaxed atmosphere. The smiles and laughs that I see and hear give me a satisfying feeling. They are working together-they are helping each other- they are sharing tips on how to get to the next level in a math game.
The school day flies by. Our schedule is packed. Every minute is filled. I sometimes drive home and wonder,
“Did I speak to each of my students individually, today?”
“Did I answer a question they might have had?”
Although my day goes until 4:00 on Wednesdays, it is time well spent. My students get to slow down, take a breathe, work on homework, or get some one- on- one time with me.
Speaking of that, I’m going to sign off now, so I can go around the room and chat with each of my students. I hope they can give me some of their time. 🙂