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    what is a home room teacher?

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    Re: teacher

    Quote Originally Posted by omreem View Post
    what is a home room 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.

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    Re: teacher

    It is for attendance and for other school-related administrative things (handing out important papers to go home, voting for the Homecoming Queen).

    Also, with students being bussed in and schedules varying, it gives time for transportation issues to be resolved. Not every bus gets to the school at the exact same time every day, and the exact time as every other bus. So kids on the earlier buses don't mingle in the halls, they have to report to their homerooms. It is largely a social time, but it is supervised, at least. Not like having kids making out in the corners of the school!

    We always had a different homeroom teacher every year.

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