Many people have told me that I should write a book. It’s a daunting task, so instead I think I’ll try blogging. Eventually, maybe I can edit this and publish a book. I'm still not sure how many people ACTUALLY want to hear my rambling thoughts. We’ll see.
For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Danielle Voit. The students call me "Miss. Danielle." I am the co-director of HEROES Academy in New Brunswick, NJ. We offer accelerated enrichment for students ages 6 to 17. My position at HEROES isn’t just a job – it’s my life. You’ll frequently hear me refer to my students as “my children.” This might seem a tad possessive, but I truly feel as if they are part of my family. I love watching them learn and grow. The “aha” moment that students get when something ‘clicks’ is the most rewarding moment of my day – my week – my life. I love watching the gears turn in their heads as they figure out something new and their eyes light up at the sudden understanding of the recently unknown. It is these moments that I’d like to share with you – my readers. Or, perhaps, I’m just writing to the dark abyss of the internet right now? Only time shall tell…
Today is the last day of classes before we take a one week break for Thanksgiving. The children are all chattering about their holiday plans – turkeys and cranberry sauce, family vacations and – their favorite – a few days off from school! We are wrapping up units in nearly all of our classes today as we prepare to start new units when we return from break. Per usual, students are nearly galloping into class, as I remind them not to run in the halls. They’re always full of the most energy during the final class before a break.
Our Saturday mornings are always rather quiet. Some of the students had sleepovers last night. I’m still not sure why they are called ‘sleepovers’ because we all know that children NEVER sleep at a ‘sleepover!’ Other students stayed up late watching TV or – my personal favorite! Reading!!!!! [My Pokemon Reading Challenge is evidence that some of the students MUST be staying up all night reading...I'm not sure if I should feel guilty for infecting them with a book obsession?] Regardless, tired-or-not, I'm happy to see them all.
So, the day begins. We have a few absent students who already embarked on their holiday vacations. I’m jealous of their sunny destinations as the cold begins to creep into New Jersey. I’m sure they’ll still be reading their math textbooks while they’re away. Many of my students have read their books more than a dozen times already. I mean, who doesn’t love a math textbook filled with colorful graphics and friendly monsters? Our students LOVE the Beast Academy math series – and so do we! We even play the same 'games' that the monsters from our book play!
I won't go through the events of every class right now, as this post seems to be getting quite lengthy already.
However, here are the highlights of the day: