Benefits of Tiger Paws

A helpful break in the middle of the day

Kat Piatczyc, Fall 2016 J1 student

After multiple hours of non stop school work all you want to do is have time to sit down with your friends and relax. Tiger Paws is a great new system that allows you to do that as well as get help from your teachers without feeling like you are rushed. Tiger paws is in many ways more helpful than just having multiple lunches during the day. You get to visit with your friends that you typically wouldn’t get to see, and if you manage your time you’ll still have time to visit with your teachers. Tiger paws gives students a break to move around and finally be out of the uncomfortable chairs that we sit in for about 7 hours. Most students find it hard to sit still in the classroom and lose focus very quickly. “If children have to learn by staying in their seats most of the day, their brains will naturally tune out after a while” Angela Hanscom from Washington Post said. Having a break in the middle of the day is importascreen-shot-2016-11-29-at-9-02-12-amnt for students allowing them to regroup and get prepared for the next 3 hours. Tiger Paws also allows time for the multiple clubs to schedule meetings, and fun activities to bring the school together. When BV cheer was getting ready for their competition they set up Wii games in the gym to get everyone pumped up and involved with what’s going on in the school. Clubs being able to schedule their meetings during Tiger Paws has been a great new setup. Not having to worry about if you can get a ride to the meetings, always knowing when you’re going to be meeting, and you don’t have to worry about being late. Having club meetings during school has had it’s flaws leaving students stressed. Multiple clubs trying to squeeze in time to make sure they get to meet leaving students with sometimes no time to eat, or meet with a teacher. Tiger Paws is supposed to be the one time in the day to just be able to relax and for some students that hasn’t been the case. The issue has improved since the beginning of the year and it will only keep getting better. Having an hour everyday is more than enough time to get everything done that you need to, Blue Valley High is very grateful that we get this opportunity and it will only keep getting better. Being able to relax, unwind, and de-stress is what makes the school day not seem that bad.