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Started Job Yesterday

January 27th, 2009 at 01:44 pm

My new job is working in an afterschool program for at-risk students (middle school) that really should not go home for one reason or another (no one there, so they'll run the streets, etc.).

There are some kids with behavioral problems (disrespect, for one). The administrators DO NOT tolerate it, and kick the kids out if they don't comply. Part of me feels sorry for those guys, but there is a waiting list of kids that want to come and the disrespectful kids are ruining the experience for the others. Glad for followed-through rules.

I've been assigned to the 8th graders who are failing. But I also worked with 6th graders last night. Some of those guys cannot do the math that my 1st grader can do, much less to grade level. They couldn't do long division, they were counting on their fingers, etc. Some really, really couldn't understand that on a graph your numbers have to be equally spaced in order for the graph to make sense. So if these passing 6th graders are at this level, I shudder to see where the failing 8th graders are. Wow. I hope I can help, but I'm used to private tutoring people who care about their education. This is definitely a shift for me.

5 Responses to “Started Job Yesterday”

  1. Carolina Bound Says:

    Wow, what a challenge. I hope you can help, too. Keep us posted.

  2. mooshocker Says:

    Be proud of your desire and ability to give. The lives you save........God bless.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    you are doing a wonderful thing for these kids and i really respect you for it. Smile

  4. lizajane Says:

    I am sure you WILL be able to help, even lthough it is a different audience. Good for you!

  5. homebody Says:

    Bless you!

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