Klea Scharberg

Changing School Culture: Commit to Action

In rethinking how to approach the study hall period, Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill., devised the "option period," which allows students to choose between working in a study hall, the library, the computer lab, a writing center, or a common area sitting against their lockers, or conferring with a dean or counselor. The choices "allow students to have freedom" within the confines of the building, say school officials. The option period also fosters independence among students and builds trust between students and staff.

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February 24, 2011

To be honest, while I love the *idea*, I have seen this in practice at several schools and have yet to see it actually work.  Most of the students appear to be studying, but on closer investigation aren’t.  Many are doing work that looks like schoolwork, but isn’t.  Or, talking about non-school subjects, and only switch to an academic topic if a teacher approaches.

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