After School Homework Club

Last year, I was looking for a way to use my VPD hours that would directly benefit my students. So, I decided to launch an after school homework club here at Marion C. Seltzer. We had 20 second and third graders who actively participated in homework club. The club met twice a month during the 2nd semester of school. It was such a great success that this year we are opening the homework club to include all K-8 students. If you are thinking of creating your own homework club, here are somethings to consider when developing your plan:

* What grade(s) will be invited? (Start small)

* How many teachers will you need to support the number of students?

* What classroom space(s) will you be using?

* When will you meet?

* How will you communicate with parents (ClassDojo works great!)

* Who will collect and scan all sign-in sheets to document VPD hours?

* Will you host a “last meeting” day celebration?

I have attached some sample materials that you may want to use as a guide to create your homework club plan for your school. I did submit a copy of this plan to my administrator for approval prior to beginning homework club. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Lisa Swet began her teaching career with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in 1991. She currently teaches English as a Second Language in grades K–8 at Marion C. Seltzer School. Her first 11 years with the district were as a first grade teacher. Lisa has spent the last 16 years working as a TESOL classroom teacher in the Multilingual Multicultural program and is a proud advocate for students who are English Language Leaners. For the last four summers, Lisa has taught at the International Newcomers Academy as part of the district’s Elementary Summer Reading Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Ohio University and a Master of Arts in TESOL and Bilingual Education from The University of Findlay. Outside of her classroom, Lisa has created and organized an after-school homework club, helped procure donations for Seltzer’s student pantry, and is a volunteer for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank School Market Program.