Day 107 (of 184) # game
Today we celebrated “100s Day” at our school – not exactly the 100th day of school for our primaries, but much like birthday parties, sometimes celebrations land ‘around’ the specific date.
We are also looking at acknowledging that our grade 5 students have now been in formal education for 1000 days of instruction (knowing that between vacations and illnesses, the range of attendance varies greatly!)
Numbers are funny things. Especially when each specialty subject clamours for its own uniqueness & appropriate time:
60 minutes of play/pe per day
90 minutes of language arts
60-90 minutes of Numeracy
Health & Careers?
Unique opportunities (including our super-cool-high-energy reflection assemblies) ????
Consider a typical elementary day is around 285 minutes long…
Plus non of these include opportunities for classroom disrupters like:
SOLEs (self organized learning environments)
And other ‘neat ideas’.
Time. Came up a couple times today (which made me very happy) as we discussed items such as the ‘waste of time’ that traditional spelling list/tests can be (are) and how more de-construction can be better than short term memorization.
And then there’s finding time to have these conversations. Being in a relatively small school gives us time for ‘chats in the hall’ and at lunch – and having positive relationships allow is to ‘cut to the point’ easily. Of course when teachers know that in very supportive of innovative/disruptive practice….they (should) be willing to break/tweak some long standing rules around teaching/learning.
It’s my 5440 th day of learning in BC schools (not including my time at UBC or with UoP) and I still make the time to talk about teaching and learning. Hope I always do!