Skinny Period Focuses On Student Needs

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 8:53am

New classes offer chance for teachers to focus on areas where individuals are struggling.

Western Heights Middle School in Hagerstown, Maryland is adding what they're calling the "skinny period".

It's a class where the teacher focuses on those problem areas and they work with students individually.

"It fulfills the need of what an after school tutorial would be if you had your teacher in the the tutorial program," says Mike Kuhaneck, principal at Western Heights Middle School. "You can't help build on strengths and you cant address deficiencies if you don't have either identified."

Students will take a mini exam on Mondays to test their strengths and weaknesses in each subject.

"I don't see anything wrong with taking a test to see where you're strong and where you're a little lower and need extra help in," says PTA mother Ronni Merrill.

The goal of the program is to help students test well on all subjects.

Then they can use the skinny period to do other activities.

"We're going to permit those to students to enroll in other opportunities such as student council, music, sports and athletics," says Kuhaneck.

"I'm pretty confident about it, like more kids are going to get smarter and it'll give me a change to have more tutoring," says student Seth Merrill.

The skinny period will be a shorter class that hopes to have big impact.

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