4 Day School Week

4 Day School Week

I actually support the way that the school districts in Colorado and Idaho did this reform.

In Colorado:
They took a day away from formal instruction on Fridays. 2 Fridays a month are professional development, 1 day is special tutoring for students that need the extra help, and the final friday is left for the teachers own discretion. Administrators, school board officials, and politicians believe that teachers should only need 1 class period to plan their day. A lot of teachers don’t even have that luxury. They continue their work after school and on the weekends but do not get extra pay for working more. Since teachers are not paid hourly and paid on salary and in most states based on performance, they do not get overtime pay.

I’ve known teachers who stay at their school preparing lessons and activities till 6, 7, or even 8pm. But having these set-aside days to have professional development, lesson planning time, and personal time to do what they need to as teachers I think will pay off in the end. As of right now in Colorado in their first year their reading scores increased by a few margins. Math scores stayed stagnant.

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2 comments

  1. kafajunkie · January 23, 2014

    Very interesting! I haven’t heard of this yet, but I believe it follows along the lines of working less but more effectively and efficiently, thus resulting in a higher quality of work. I’d be very interested in your thoughts on why the math scores have remained stagnant?

    • delaerea · January 24, 2014

      I honestly think that math is more difficult to teach. Because it’s more of increasingly difficult questions. Where reading basically stays the same, all you have to teach are strategies of how to pick apart passages to answer questions. The kids are probably also happier with having only 4 days a week of school.

      But the article also talks about how the test scores will be different year to year. Which I hope will change with the new CCSS as teachers aren’t supposed to teach anything from the previous year. Everything is progressive now. So, as CCSS is implemented more and students are adapting to the new curriculum test scores will increase and this could prove to be a great step forward for education or a horrible plunge into the depths of Tartarus. .

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