NOT A TEACHER
(1) Here in the United States, many children go to three years of
so-called middle school and then four years of high school.
(2) A child usually attends six classes each day. Each class has a different
subject and a different teacher.
(3) Traditionally, a child attends those six classes for a semester (five months). Then
often a child attends six new classes (and often six new teachers) for another
semester. Then it's summer vacation!
(4) Some educators felt that children need a sense of stability. That they need to
know one teacher for all three years of middle school or four years of high school.
A teacher who could be a friend and adviser. (Some American schools have
thousands of students. Students can feel "lost" or lonely.)
(5) So many schools started "homeroom." In other words, a class that is
the student's "home" in that big school. In theory, a student has the same
homeroom teacher for three/four years. Usually, homeroom is the first class of the
day. It might last for 20 minutes or longer. The homeroom teacher does not teach
a subject, such as math, science, language, etc. Instead, the homeroom teacher
discusses school matters with the students, often takes official attendance (so that
the school knows who came to school that day), and counsels students with their
school problems. Often homeroom might start at 8 a.m. After homeroom, then the
students start their six classes. The same students keep that homeroom for those
three/four years. So the students in that homeroom become friends -- in theory.
(6) This is all theory. In practice, many teachers and students feel that homeroom is
a waste of time. In many schools, homeroom is, in reality, talk time. That is, it is
20 - 30 minutes in the morning for students to gossip before they start the school day.