How Might We Create a Day Pattern That…

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The “day pattern.” A fancy term for something we all take for granted, the typical school day. How often do we think about the hallowed seven-period day? Not much. And why would we even think about it? After all, you go to school, you attend seven classes, you have some time to pass between classes, you have a lunch, maybe a study hall? What’s the big deal?

Well, it’s quite a big deal. That seven-period day doesn’t let one easily extend class time for larger projects, or provide ways for students engage in academic work away from their school. The seven-period day stifles innovation.

Students and teachers from Danville High School visited the University of Kentucky in Lexington on March 14, 2013 to work with the dLab. The challenge: “How might we create a day pattern for schooling that allows students to hit ACT benchmarks by 10th grade and flexible academic exploration in 11th and 12th grades?”

Working shoulder to shoulder, teachers and students prototyped five different approaches to the way in which DHS could implement a day pattern that met the structural scheduling constraints of a large high school and respected the emotional and learning needs of students.