“Learning Takes Place Everywhere, At Any Time”

Susan BrennaOne of the most popular standing Twitter chats in education—#edchat—typically focuses on learning and technology. This morning’s question was: How do we consider time differently to re-build school schedules and calendars to maximize learning?

The full chat is archived here by @jswiatek. Below is a sprinkling of comments and questions that popped up in the first 20 minutes. (We also published these tweets on this Storify page.)

@rliberni: It would help kids who don’t have a lot of access to books, internet etc., those in sport, drama, art music

@Mikebrawer: Stagger start times for students and teachers to make best use of limited facilities.

@TestSoup: I do often wonder why we force students to go to school so early.

@davidwees: We need to examine our school schedules and ask ourselves, where does this schedule come from?

@bjnichols: Learning doesn’t/shouldn’t stop because a bell rings. How can schools embody that belief?

@blairteach: Worked in school w/out bells, supposedly “flexible” time—until you tried to keep kids longer. Clock wins again.

@ShiftParadigm: An issue not yet raised concerns the use of #school buildings…most of the #time they go unused

@tomwhitby: What about using part of the summer recess for required professional development for educators?

@birklearns: For students who are not fond of school, more school would be awful. Eating more brussels sprouts doesn’t make me like them.

@birklearns: What if senior students went to school 4 days per week, and on the 5th day, they worked in a co-op situation?

@cybraryman1: Remember learning takes place everywhere and at any time.

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About Susan Brenna

Susan is TASC’s Chief Communications Officer. A former journalist and education reporter for outfits including New York magazine and New York Newsday, she manages TASC publications, talks to journalists and bloggers, deals with the whole messaging business that former journalists treat somewhat suspiciously, and argues for why kids need both more learning time AND inspiring opportunities. Trenton Makes, the World Takes.