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    School Predicament

    I would like to give you some insight on our school. I'm a teacher and we have 9 days to make up. Rather than adding them on to the end of the year, we have been given a couple alternatives to ponder. One is taking away 3 days of spring break in order to have school. The other is having school 4-5 saturdays until the end of the year. Which do you think is the best option as a parent, observer, college person bored with nothing better to think about, etc?

    1. Add days on in June.
    2. 3 days taken off spring break to make up some snow days
    3. Going on saturdays.



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    Re: School Predicament

    I thought a good option brought up in my area was to add 30 minutes to an hour each day.



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    Re: School Predicament

    Saturdays....would stink, but much better than losing a week off or going thru half of June and potentially not getting out until a week prior to July since it's still winter for another month.



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    Re: School Predicament

    Take off of Spring Break and go into June. Nobody wants to go to school on Saturdays.



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    Re: School Predicament

    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    I thought a good option brought up in my area was to add 30 minutes to an hour each day.
    It's good logistically, but does **** for actually helping teacher's make up time teaching material.



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    Re: School Predicament

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    Take off of Spring Break and go into June. Nobody wants to go to school on Saturdays.
    I agree here.




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    Re: School Predicament

    Quote Originally Posted by heyguy85 View Post
    I would like to give you some insight on our school. I'm a teacher and we have 9 days to make up. Rather than adding them on to the end of the year, we have been given a couple alternatives to ponder. One is taking away 3 days of spring break in order to have school. The other is having school 4-5 saturdays until the end of the year. Which do you think is the best option as a parent, observer, college person bored with nothing better to think about, etc?

    1. Add days on in June.
    2. 3 days taken off spring break to make up some snow days
    3. Going on saturdays.
    For my family, option 2 would be best. But we don't have anything planned for spring break. I could see it being an issue for people (including teachers) that already have plans.



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    Re: School Predicament

    Adding a short amount of time each day would be hard to implement to make up for actual days lost. If there are 5 classes during the day, you would add 12 minutes to each class every day if you made the school day one hour longer. That's not enough time to add any value to one class period. It might work if you added an extra hour to one specific class during the day and rotated the extra hour through the other classes during the week, but you would still have similar problems and it would be hard to make up meaningful time.



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    Re: School Predicament

    Take off spring break--all the families that already have plans will skip those days. Win for those kids.



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    Re: School Predicament

    Quote Originally Posted by cstrunk View Post
    Adding a short amount of time each day would be hard to implement to make up for actual days lost. If there are 5 classes during the day, you would add 12 minutes to each class every day if you made the school day one hour longer. That's not enough time to add any value to one class period. It might work if you added an extra hour to one specific class during the day and rotated the extra hour through the other classes during the week, but you would still have similar problems and it would be hard to make up meaningful time.
    Even then. Look at classes like math or reading where kids flat-out need time to let skills to sink in. You can't cover multiple items in the day, all you're doing is giving the kids homework time in class. I speak from a bit of experience as my high-school had a four-block day schedule for a while. It rocked for science classes and some social studies stuff, but that was about it.



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    Re: School Predicament

    Wait let me beat everyone to the punch . . .
    Teachers are worthless and are over paid losers.



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    Re: School Predicament

    the school I reffed at last night said they only take 2 days for thanksgiving and 2 days for "spring/easter" break.

    They end way earlier than most others.



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    Re: School Predicament

    Combine the 9 days into 3 day full 24 hour sessions, back to back to back, starting immediately after the last day of class... if that's a friday, you'll be done by mid-day monday!

    problem solved



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    Re: School Predicament

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCyGuy View Post
    Even then. Look at classes like math or reading where kids flat-out need time to let skills to sink in. You can't cover multiple items in the day, all you're doing is giving the kids homework time in class. I speak from a bit of experience as my high-school had a four-block day schedule for a while. It rocked for science classes and some social studies stuff, but that was about it.
    Yup.



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    Re: School Predicament

    I think the fall/spring break idea for k12 schools is stupid.



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