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Wednesday collaborative time

Beginning September 18, Edina High School will be implementing collaborative time – a forty minute block of time where students can either meet with a teacher, go to Fick Auditorium, the Media Center, or the Writer’s Block for quiet studying, or go to the Commons or the Community Room for group studying – every Wednesday.

Approximately half of EHS’s teachers will be individually available to students one week, and the other half will be meeting in groups with other teachers. The next week, they will switch. Groups will be formed based on teachers’ respective classes so that they can discuss their specific curriculum and testing. The other teachers will remain in their rooms, ready to help students. A set schedule will let students know which teachers are free which week.

Students will be able to get help in any area they wish, or teachers can request meetings if they feel a student is struggling. If students don’t think that they need to see a teacher, they can go to one of the designated areas to have work time. They will not be allowed to wander around the building or leave campus.

To accommodate this block of time, there will only be two lunches on Wednesdays. First lunch will be from 11:07 a.m. to 11:47 a.m., the same time that students in second lunch will have their collaborative time. At 11:47 a.m., students will switch places and work until 12:28 p.m.

This idea came about as a solution to the frequent inability for students and teachers to meet. According to Elizabeth Nimmo, “Teachers within departments were struggling to find time to talk to each other. Students couldn’t always get to school early or stay after to meet with teachers because of activities and difficulties finding rides.” By creating a time during the school day where both students and teachers can meet, EHS hopes to eliminate this problem.


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    Connor TresselNov 8, 2013 at 10:00 am

    You did a good job explaining this new idea. I think the collaborative Wednesday is a great new thing. You helped explain things that I was unsure of like the teachers schedule.

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    Alli Santos LanderosOct 25, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Collaborative is a great idea for kids who are struggling in class , they’re able to get one on one help with teachers and get the help they need to success. It’s much better than having kids come in before or after school because some people have tight schedules with sports , clubs , etc. There should be a follow up article on how students use their time during collaborative time and the pros and cons to it .

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    tristanOct 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I am so happy that we now have this collaborative
    time during the day. It has always been such a hassle trying to come in before
    school and stay after school. There was so much stress in my life before this
    time in the middle of the day. There should be a follow up article and how the collaborative
    Wednesday’s work and how many people utilize it.

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    sunayaOct 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

    The collaborative time is a great idea. It’s nice to have a break in the middle of the day, and if you need to meet with teachers you can. Since I play a sport it can be helpful because I can get little bits of homework finished early so I don’t have to do it later.