Giving students a chance to learn new skills and connect in unique ways is one reason why after school clubs are supported by teachers.
At Owen Middle School, there are nearly 15 after school clubs starting, and students depend on teachers to sponsor and supervise those clubs. The after school activities include a variety of choices such as coding, string instruments, science club, sewing, student council, and a book club. Other schools also offer these activities and more, depending on teachers to stay 90 minutes late and supervise.
“When teachers see a need at Owen Middle, they come up with a way to offer the club,” said sixth grade teacher Caroline Ayers.
“Middle-schoolers are at a place in life trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in,” she said. “One of our important jobs as educators is to help them explore interests outside of academics and to learn what they like and where they may be gifted. It’s also very helpful for a teacher to work with a student outside of the classroom subjects, because when they find something they are really interested in, they can become a very different student.”