unscheduled day in a normal eight-day rotation cycle. A team of
elementary school staff was assembled and provided with this scenario -
- “If we were to create a new day of school, what would that look like?”
In response to that question, the team identified the elements of a new
school day. These were the elements that the team agreed upon and that
served as the building blocks for the first Day 9 prototype:
Provide students and teachers with a day long project-based
Provide a high degree of choice for students and teachers.
Provide students and teachers with experience in multi-age
teams (Gallagher & Hoffman, 2013).
Time and support for teachers were essential components of the
prototype. The Day 9 Planning Team created a new schedule, new
planning time, planning support, professional development around
project-based learning, graphic organizers materials and technical
support. Time for planning and PD for Day 9 project development
occurred during two full faculty meetings.
Table 1 shows the new school schedule for Day 9
Time Day 9 Activity
8:00 am to 8: 30 am Transition to Project Areas and Opening
8: 30 am to 11:00 am Instructional Time including a 30 minute break (snack/recess)
11:00 am to 11: 40 am Lunch & Recess
11: 40 am to 1: 40 pm Instructional Time
1: 40 pm to 2:00 pm Preparation for Exhibition & Sharing
2:00 pm to 2: 20 pm Exhibition and Sharing