Every minute is precious in the classroom and should be treated accordingly. Over the past 45 years, there has been a growing erosion in regard to the sanctity of classroom time, with the interchange between students and the instructor.
Half-day session for classroom instruction to provide for teacher in-service training should be accomplished before or after the school year begins or ends. Assemblies should not cut into class time. Fire drills should be conducted before or after classes officially start or end for the day. Students called out of the classroom (during class time) must be held to minimum. Only serious emergency situations should interrupt classes.
It is very difficult for an instructor to prepare and carry out a comprehensive effective lesson plan when frequent interruptions cut into classroom learning time.
I have been involved with public education for 47 years and have witnessed how the value of classroom instructional time has lessened.
Paul R. Gonnerman, Payson