To many teachers and administrators, this scenario probably sounds more like a bad dream than anything close to a "regular" school day. I envision a meeting with our teachers, where the above schedule is communicated, and the consequential comments:
"I am going to be stuck with the same students all day?!?"
"What am I supposed to do with my class for six hours?!?"
"There is no way my students are going to be on-task for that long...it's unrealistic!!!"
As an assistant principal, I would probably have the same concerns. I can only imagine the buzz in the room after I communicate my expectation for students to be ON-TASK and ENGAGED for the entire day.
But let me tell you this: I have seen it happen!
Today, we began our Summer Course Recovery session at Ashbrook High School. Our students are using PLATO to recover a course failed this past semester. They are required to have at least 60 hours of seat time and complete all necessary modules with the required mastery on assessments in the program. At the end of the program, they will not receive a grade, but rather the credit for the course.
I believe this is an enormous indicator of how the environment of today's students learn has changed. I would never expect a classroom teacher to be able to keep a student engaged for over five hours, in the same classroom, in the same seat, on the same subject, with zero behavioral issues. But, after today, I have discovered that online virtual learning can.
Is this the direction where education is headed to keep students engaged for six hours?
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