Weekly Play – Snow Days

A student in class made me think about snow days from a different view point this past week through one of their blog posts. I always looked at it as an extra day to prepare for classes, never realizing that by missing a class I am losing the opportunity to learn for what I already paid for.

Tuition is paid upfront, whether we have the classes or not. BEDUC 476 is an even bigger outlier in that we already have two missed classes for holidays this quarter, yet if someone takes this class next quarter they will pay exactly what we did but also gain two extra class periods. Our snow day took another class away from us and actually made us lose some of what out tuition a paid for.

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Play – Snow Days

  1. vronvz says:

    Snow days are also seen very differently from the perspective of teachers. Every day we lose for snow is made up in the summer. Each day, you see the school year extend further into June and dangerously close to July. It’s difficult knowing that after May, students’ focus and attention is very limited. They know summer is close and new learning is really difficult. Knowing that the year keeps extending just means more days at the end when students don’t learn and fewer days now when we have so much curriculum to cover! I truly, truly hate snow days as an adult now.

    Do you think your viewpoint would be the same if a different day of the week had been cancelled? Did you mostly realize this because we’re already missing so many Mondays, or do you think any snow day would make you feel the same way now?

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  2. gardenia07 says:

    This idea of missing class means losing money and learning is an interesting thought. I also have thought about this connection.
    Another idea to add to Veronica’s posts, it that when school gets canceled for snow days, teachers may feel pressured to teach material faster since they know that their students will be checked out during make up days in the summer. Which in the end results in overall less learning.

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  3. janevangalen says:

    This was certainly the case when teachers controlled learning and students mostly sat and listened, and especially in this course, there are so many other connections and opportunities to learn and to share and to support each others’ learning and those are built in with the Monday holiday schedule. I also spend much more time out of class interacting with students than I do in a more conventional class where most of my interaction is in class and in grading.

    So things seem to be shifting and I think we’re still figuring out what that means.

    had I required extra digital connections with me and each other to make up for our lost in-class time, would people have felt better about their tuition money, do you think? I’m not so sure.

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    • appleinhereye says:

      Yes, and I do have to say that from a students perspective it is so helpful and amazing at how well connected you are to all of us. I have tried to struggle through things on my own and learn who to use all of these things like blogs, and Hypothesis but when I have needed help it has readily been available.

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