Through a conversation about length of school day with someone about education in another state, I began reflecting on the school where I teach. Kids at my school attend from 8-2:15 (6.25 hours). During that time kids have a 45 minute lunch/recess, 15 minute class recess and a 30 minute special (library, computer or PE). That's an hour and a half of 'other stuff' That leaves me with about 4.5 hours a day to teach...meaning that for almost 20 hours a day the students are not getting instruction unless they have fabulous parents who provide enrichment activities. WOW! No wonder it never feels like I have enough time to get through all the standards let along any enrichment or extension activities...YIKES!
Thoughts from other educators, parents, students, etc....??? I'd love to hear your perspective!