Karl Fisch of the Fischbowl, and the famous “Did You Know?” video that was remixed by my friend Dave Gray and his colleagues at XPLANE, found another video by Barry Bachenheimer of a New Jersey school, that asks what we do with our 180 days of school. I thought this was an interesting challenge, so I made my own. The results you can see above.
As Karl and Barry both say on their websites — this is a conversation starter. I think all of the elements of these days that we miss are important content, and we shouldn’t necessarily drop this content from our school year. I do think that we need to have a conversation about how to use the time that we have left effectively, and how to consider ways of boosting the amount of instructional time we offer.