Having teachers share extracurricular activities during the school day is one way to fit them into modern class schedules, and connect with students in a less pressured academic setting.
At Pineville Junior High School “Horizons Week” along with “Ed Clubs” at Buckeye High School, teachers have an opportunity to share a skill or hobby with their students. These might include photography, cooking, or debate, but creativity abounds among the teachers. At Pineville Junior High, power tools and Crossfit are also included in the five days of extracurricular activities during periods when students would normally do remediation work.
“They’re all very engaged, very focused on what we’re doing because they all chose to be there,” said seventh grade social studies teacher Randy Smith. He does grilling competitions, so he shares that hobby with his students.
Smith says that the enjoyable thing for teachers is combining practical, recreational, and educational aspects of the activity while engaging students.
“I’m always going to sneak academics in there when I can,” he said. “So we talked about air flow and oxygen and fire management.”