What’s The Point?
September 21, 2018
A productive student sits down and begins their math homework in an attempt to get a head start on that night’s homework; one or two problems in, they come to the rude awakening of the troublesome Falcon Time bell. The student looks in defeat at the lack of work they were able to produce. Falcon Time has its ups and downs, but it is imperfect and needs some definite improvements.
This revived school year enticed a fifteen minute Falcon Time that was an added commodity to our daily bell schedule, it has some simple clear-cut purposes, but things don’t always work out as planned.
Some people (including administration) explained Falcon Time as a great start towards future improvement and that it can lead towards things like the club rushes we had last year, help welcome new students, give extra time for homework, and a way to personally get feedback from students; but students don’t feel like Falcon Time has enough time to accomplish these tasks.
Some of the students concerns are that this time is not long enough to complete homework, find time to get tutored, and even have a complete conversation with their friends.
“They keep marking me absent,” dual enrollment student Emily Lawson (20’) complains, “there’s nothing to do, you don’t have enough time to get to a teacher because getting a pass takes up all of your time.”
The response from students was just like the response to the passing time. Dr.Stanley had her own to say on the issue.
“Falcon Time kids told me, ‘we need more time, we’re really trying, but we need more time’… and we’re getting there,” she explains, “The mentoring program (for new students) that we’ve got, well we don’t have a period for it anymore but it doesn’t just go away, we can still do it, we just have to be more creative.”
As time goes on, Falcon Time may become more useful than previously thought, but we still have to work out the kinks; but the only way we can do that is through student participation and speaking up for a change.
Falcon Time is Useful
The time may seem to pass slowly, dragging on and on until the lunch bell finally rings. You might have absolutely nothing to do, or just too much to do in the available time. But no matter what, every student has a chance to effectively use Falcon Time for their own needs in the moment. Whether it’s a needed break from the classroom or finishing up homework.
The majority of students who dislike Falcon Time say that it’s just a waste of time. Others say that it’s not enough. I believe we can find a middle ground to this issue. There are some requests that can’t easily be fixed, like switching Falcon Time out with more lunchtime, but some solutions are better than none.
Personally, I don’t believe the schedule should be messed with any more. There are ways to work around the schedule that benefit students. For example, some students don’t like Falcon Time because they don’t think it lasts long enough. A simple solution would be doing as much as you can in the time provided, then getting a pass to the library during your lunch to continue working on it there. When it comes to the students who say it is a waste of time, the solution is a little harder. All we can ask for is patience. Teachers will start handing more work out as the year progresses. Although some think it’s useless now, opinions might change in the future.
Students who appreciate Falcon Time have commented that they like having the time to finish homework or take a break from class if they have nothing to do. They told us that they thought the time was “just right” and they would change nothing if given the chance. You can make up tests/homework from absences, check your grades, even plan a one-on-one lesson with a teacher so you can understand something better (it depends on their schedule)!
Dr. Stanley commented, “Falcon Time is the perfect time for people not to interrupt instruction, but find out what you want.” She believes it is a great opportunity to hear new ideas to bring to classes and the school to make it more enjoyable for students from other schools. “We are all Falcon’s now. It doesn’t matter what school you went to last year. We’re a Falcon Family.”