Time, a very limited resource. How can we help others earn time?
Walking Bella today, I went by a house and observed movers, and since I like to talk found out they were moving a piano. I shared my son tunes pianos and guitars and is a music teacher. They said they have to wait two weeks before turning the piano to get acclimated to the new environment. I loved learning something new, and said I wish that music time was required in schools. They smiled. I observed their careful attention to details and problem solving as they were loading the piano. On the continuation of my walk I ran into them again delivering the piano to its new home. I then commented that it is too bad the owners did not move the trucks out of the way so you could get in. They are a nice family, and probably were rushed and did not think about it. But I did note this wasted the workers time. But being understanding they said yes, but it is what is. Didn’t get the picture of the problem as sat on a bench in our future communication area to check and got side-tracked. Started talking to a couple walking by and surprise, surprise, my phone captured what was on my mind.
I see the same thing happening in classrooms, teachers are the workers and every thing should be done to save them time so they have more to give that 1:1 TLC that every child needs. Not being forced into a time scheduled day. I taught on the block schedule, and my son teaches on the block schedule, and I wonder why every secondary school does not move to this. With teaching both F2F and online students at the same time and dealing with attendance and logging in, 90 minute classes every other day make a lot more sense than 45 minute classes every day.
Teachers are the movers who can reinvent the school system. But parents are the ones who need to shake up the system and help the teachers earn time.