Should Colorado schools go to a four day week?

This article in today’s Denver Post raises an interesting question, will urban schools move towards a 4-day week instead of the traditional 5-day week.

I think it is time for a creative look at school in this country and COVID-19 is forcing schools to re-think how they teach our kids. Last spring did not go well for our kids despite the best effort. They liked the online non-synchronous learning as it allowed them to sleep in and work on their projects and work at their own pace and when they work the best.

But the synchronous learning that they are doing this fall is much more impactful on them and I think they are learning a lot more. They still can do their work when they feel they work best, but they are not missing a beat with the online learning. I think they are liking it better.

One thing that they are doing this fall on online learning is Wednesday is a non-teaching day. The students have work to do by a specific time, but there are no scheduled classes. If a student needs some extra help, the teachers have office hours available.

They were already on a shortened day on Wednesdays. The had a half a day and that allowed the teachers to have a day of planning. It would not be a big stretch for my kid’s school district to go to a 4-day school week. It is something that could be beneficial to the kids and save the district funding while trying to keep all the big buildings cool or warm 5-days a week.

What are your thoughts?

Let us all give thanks this year

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Photo by Micah H.
Photo by Micah H.

As we all gather for Thanksgiving this year, despite what is going on we have a lot to be thankful for. 

There is a lot of discourse in the United States after a long and heated election. It is continuing now after the surprise outcome that many did not see coming.

But we need to be thankful, thankful we live in a country that allows for the discussion and disagreement to take place. There are many countries in the world that do not allow for this to happen.

We need to be thankful that in two months we will have a peaceful transition of the presidency. There have been many transitions of leaders around the world that have not been peaceful.

While we are celebrating we must not forget the history we have to learn from. For this we are thankful because we can learn from it and not make those same mistakes again. This world is closer and more diverse than ever, we need to be sure that people from all backgrounds are safe and protected. 

Finally, we should be thankful for our family and friends. Without them, specifically for me, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I hope that is the same for you too.

If it is not, there are places where you can go to get that love and support. I hope you can find that.

There is a lot to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day in 2016. Let us all pause and think about it and try to combat all th negativity that surrounds us this season. 

My packages are having some good trips trying to find their way to Colorado

I think the US Potal Service is losing its since of geography. I’ve had two issues with deliveries going all over the globe without being delivered to me in Colorado. 

The first one was ordered in mid-July for a gift. It’s was ordered from an entity in London but shipped at the end of the month from Stockholm.  

It made it to San Francisco on August 9 and was scanned a few times in Burlingame and SF through August 18. It was scanned in Los Angeles on August 19 before being scanned in Stockholm again on August 24. It is back in the United States now after being scanned in New York City on August 26. It made it across the Hudson today to Teterboro, NJ. 

Another package that we ordered shipped from Memphis on August 19 but the USPS thought it should go to Guam where it was scanned on August 24. It made it to Hawaii on August 26 where it remains today. 

Hope my packages are having fun and will someday make it to Colorado. 

Happy New Year

I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a great 2013 and has an even better 2014. I am looking forward to 2014.

Be safe everyone and have a good year.