ASH (After School Help)

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ASH is available once a week, every week. I don't usually stay on Mondays or Fridays, so ASH is held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Usually, the student who makes the first request gets the day of their choice. The session goes 2:45 to 3:45, but students are free to leave earlier if necessary.

During ASH time we work on grammar, vocabulary, making up missed work, and other things. It's difficult to help a student who just needs help with "everything", so I recommend that students really think about what will help them the most. Here are some examples:

  • "I need help studying vocabulary."
  • "I don't understand how to write a sentence."
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  • "I don't know how to use adjectives, verbs, etc."
  • "Can you help me learn subject pronouns."

ASH helps different students in different ways. Some students benefit from one on one attention. Some students really just need to be taught study strategies, and how to find the strategies that work best for them. Others have trouble focusing in class because they have fallen behind. It's easier for them to catch up when I can tell them what they really need to know from the earlier chapters in order to understand the new material. Some students are timid in class, but feel more comfortable asking questions during ASH.

Students and parents shouldn't feel that they are intruding on my time by staying for ASH. I know that foreign language is a tough subject, and that not every student has natural talent for foreign language. I also know that my standards are high, and that I truly want everyone to learn the language. ASH is important to me, and I enjoy these small group sessions.

Unfortunately, it is usally a mixed group that attends. I teach French 1 & 2 and Spanish 1, so it's often an assembly line of questions and answers, but I have a system that works well, and I always get the sense that students are better off than before ASH.

ASH is always my first recommendation for students who are struggling, even before peer tutor. It is extremely important, however, that students come to be before it is too late. If they wait until May to ask for help when they've been struggling all year, there's not usually much that I can do for them.

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