ERIC Number: EJ829636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Reference Count: 1
Homeroom: An Updated Classic
Vitale, Julie A.
Principal Leadership, v9 n3 p24-27 Nov 2008
For teenagers, finding positive connections during their high school experience is essential to their level of comfort and possibly even their level of success. Without personal relationships, nothing else matters. Creating opportunities for students to interact with one another and discuss issues that they are grappling with was a major force behind the creation of the homeroom class at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Corona, California. This class is not a program; it is a philosophy and a way to structure high school differently. Each homeroom has one teacher and a maximum of 30 students. This core group stays together for four years; the only alterations to core groups occur when students leave the school or new students enter it. Because of this, students cannot remain anonymous, as they might in a large school. The lessons created by teachers focus on tolerance, study skills, and life strategies. Students' reaction to homeroom is extremely positive.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Opportunities, Educational Experience, High Schools, High School Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California