Monday, May 6, 2013

"School Time" in New Zealand

There's a different pace to "School Time" in New Zealand (and article I wrote for Edutopia).

Build in some serious collaboration time for students and adults... And you can unlock innovation, education and meaningful social missions.

How does the school schedule where you work or where your children go to school effect learning and socialization?

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  1. Hi Adam! I read your post on Edutopia and we'd love for you to come visit us in Lima, Peru next academic year. We're implementing a new interdisciplinary, project-based academy at the American International School here. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays we've completely revamped the schedule for 15 kids in 11th grade.

    They will take four courses--English Honors, Media Literacy, Business Management, and an Innovative Independent Project--all with the same cohort of kids and teacher/coach. This will enable the teacher to give ongoing formative feedback, and students will constantly be immersed in relevant, real-world work with experts outside of our school.

    If you'd like to find out more, here is the link to our website:

    I look forward to potentially meeting you in a few months!

    Corey Topf

  2. Hey Adam,

    Looking forward to staying connecting with you on the international sabbatical. How exciting!

    I work in Denver Public School at a school that is granted "innovation" status. In terms of scheduling we have extended the day to include a "bonus block" that allows for extra time for tutoring, studying and/ or enrichment activities. Unfortunately the enrichment has been reserved for only students with all A's and B's, and in our school that is about 20% of our population. It has been interesting to observe how creating more time has not led to richer engagement with students in school. Part of this is because their only "social" time is 20 minutes at lunch. When we don't provide students the space and time in the classroom and elsewhere to collaborate, be social, interact and engage with issues/topic of interest, they become more and more resistant to the traditional model of schooling.