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It's About the Schedule



This week we will explore the visual aspect of what the schedule will look like for the 2018-19 school year.

One thing you will notice is that each class does not fit a traditional bell schedule where each day looks the same in terms of time spent in class or even the same time of day. This is intentional.

Educational research indicates a few theories regarding teenagers in relationship to time:

  1. Teenagers’ brains do not fully ‘wake up’ and be ready for learning until about 8:30 a.m., assuming they go to sleep by about 10:45 p.m. (Kyla Wahlstrom). Logically, that leads to the conclusion that a teenager’s first period class is set up to a lower level of academic attention and retention, merely because, biologically, the student is not yet fully functioning. Since our physical start time must remain consistent, switching up the classes from which to start the day gives students a greater biological chance to master the content.

  2. Our brains tend to become complacent when each and every day is the same. To keep our brains firing on all cylinders, we need change, and this schedule allows for that change each and every day. At first, the schedule may seem confusing, and that may be true, but it is strategically designed to stimulate brain function, combat academic boredom, and eliminate complacency.

  3. An academic truth is that no two students learn the same, nor do they learn at the same pace. We need to harness time to be able to provide for differentiation to meet the needs of all students. Providing both shorter and longer periods of uninterrupted time, teachers will be able to provide this differentiation, make better use of academic time, and individualize the educational experience.

You will notice that classes each meet for eight mods each week. Because of the inclusion of longer class periods, each class meets just four days per week, with the exception of the 8th period (due to Junior High sports practice schedules). This model best represents schedules moving toward college readiness, where classes do not meet each and every day.

The non-color period is the time for students to eat lunch and to meet individually or in small groups with teachers, during an advisory period. This time will be more fully explored in our next article.

If you have questions regarding this schedule, please use the link on this page to contact school personnel or email nvoggesser@lomaschools.orgcgochenour@lomaschools.org, or jhedger@lomaschools.org

It's About the Schedule

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