Why The Homework Club is not a “grind” school

So one of the common misconceptions about The Homework Club is that it is just another “grind” school. When I look up the term “grind” in the dictionary it is a word used to describe plodding monotonous routine drudgery associated with swats and nerds. It can also be seen as something that literally grinds  and swashes you down.

I have to ask why you would use such a term to describe situation that is suppose to offer help and support to students? Last term I asked the students here to give me key words to describe their experiences at The Homework Club. The words I got back were: helpful, supportive, fun, relaxed, enjoyable, super, colourful, creative and feel more confident.

I was delighted to hear theses words as they are the ones I would aspire to have associated with the project. I think the only thing that “grinds” in The Homework Club are my teeth every time I hear the phrase!

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