Monitoring Teaches Responsibility, Offers Service Credits

By Jade Stephen ’17  and Franchesca Gumabon ’17

Monitoring is a great way for students to earn credits. Not only can you do it on your free  time but you can also choose any teacher or office to monitor for.

According to Assistant Principal of Security and Head Dean Mr. Richard Franzese, monitoring benefits many students because they build social skills and are able to interact with different individuals.

Monitoring is a great way to spend your free time if you’re not the type that likes to spend your time in the cafeteria or library. Teachers often need the extra help due to their large classes. You can help grade, pick up a student when they are needed by the teacher/ school official, run errands or put in grades for their students. You can even use your monitoring experience for college.

Credits on the other hand are probably what make monitoring during your free time worth it. Credits are needed in order to join Arista or Archon; two of New York’s national honor societies. Although, there are many other ways to gain credits such as joining clubs, SING, or playing for a sports team.

Angel Peregrina ‘17 said, “I do recommend monitoring,” adding on,“it’s an easy way to receive credits while also relaxing and having fun with your task.” He said that it’s an easy way to meet new friends as well as a great way to spend your free time.

“ I personally enjoy monitoring because I get to grade papers and help teachers with their workload,” Svetlana Nehai ‘17 said. “But it’s also a time when I get to know the Midwood community better and even spend time with my friends..”

Students aren’t the only ones benefitting from monitoring, but the school is too.

Peregrina said, “I feel students play a huge role in the school community,” adding, “and I feel like even the smallest things can help.”

“Monitoring allows school officials to have students perform simple yet time consuming tasks so adults can do other work that is important”, Mr. Franzese said.

While adults in the offices have a dozen different task to do, students will do the ones that are simple and aren’t as hard as the task the adults take on. This helps the adults because they can get so much work completed meanwhile the students take care of the easy tasks.

Monitors are given a different task every day, whether it be errands or decorating; monitors are able to help teachers in any way possible.

Nehai said, “Some days we staple papers together, give back book receipts to those returning their textbooks, help with filing,” adding, “and we even help decorate the bulletin boards outside in the hallway.”

Mr. Franzese has to do hall checks after every passing, if he needed a student to come down he can just send a monitor out to get the student. He doesn’t have to stop the hall checks just to retrieve that student.

However, that isn’t the only benefit both the school and students have. Monitoring help many students stay out of the hallways and from getting into trouble. It also helps the school stay less crowded and less chaotic. Even when they step out of the offices, students must have a pass because it tells deans and school safety officers where they are at the moment rather than an officer or a dean approaching them to ask for an ID and take you down to the dean’s office just for not having an ID or refusing to show an ID.

According to Mr. Franzese, monitoring isn’t mandatory but rather voluntary. No student is forced into monitoring since there aren’t enough offices for them to monitor in and it’s a choice.

Nehai stated, “Originally I chose to monitor because my friend was doing it and I just “tagged along”,” adding on, “but I stayed because of the great experience you get from it.”

Monitoring can help a student in the future as they go out into the real world.  Students get to see how adults interact with one another and how they handle certain situations during the times of monitoring.

Nikki Qu ‘17 said, “I found monitoring beneficial because not only do you get credit, but it let’s you see from the teacher’s perspective.”

“I realized that teachers had to deal with a myriad of paperwork,” she commented, “and that’s only a small part of their job.”

If you see yourself monitoring for a teacher, go monitor at one of the offices if they aren’t full already.

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