In February 2013 an elementary school team of 7 was asked to design a
new day of school for Elementary School students at ASB. The result was
a prototype day called Day 9. The Day 9 Planning Team designed and
prototyped a day with the aim of providing students and teachers with a
day long learning project, a high degree of choice, and experience with
multi-age learning teams. The Team also prototyped a new school day
schedule, new planning time provisions, and instructional and material
support for creating and teaching new Day 9 learning projects.
Teachers designed a day long project on the basis of their interest or
passion for multi-age groups. They developed a driving question to focus
learning and a plan for how their students would share their projects at
the end of the day. Three iterations of Day 9 were prototyped over 14
months. Each iteration was developed using data gathered from Day 9
project instructors and reflections from the Day 9 Planning Team.
Teacher reflection data was analyzed for emerging threads that could be
used to understand the results of the Day 9 prototype.
The Day 9 prototype resulted in a high degree of enthusiasm for learning,
a high degree of student engagement, significant student collaboration,
and positive learning for students. Teachers identified teaching multi-age
students as a positive aspect of Day 9 and increased confidence and risk-taking were identified as factors leading to increased project quality over
the course of the prototype.
In February 2013 the Elementary School principal approached R&D about
a glitch in the calendar. Friday, April 2, 2013 was an undesignated,