Early in the Morning
While driving to school the other morning, I passed a number of students standing out in the Pacific Northwest's rain. I had gotten a late start, and so I was able to see the huddled masses as I passed by.
Today, I read this article detailing a "flex" plan for school start time. For the third year in a row, I am teaching seniors first period, or 7:30 a.m. And, now that school is in its third week, the tardiness is fianlly becoming the norm.
I'd like to see our students start school later. I don't believe that it would solve the tardiness issue, but I certainly believe that more students would be on time and paying attention.
In my college years, my first class was not until 8 a.m. my freshman year. After that, I didn't take a class that started before 9 a.m. I wonder what effect a later start time would have on learning?