Half days provide training for teachers

Posted: October 3, 2012 in Academics, Common Core, Teachers

By Malorie Eager
Cougar News Blog

The first Wednesday of every month this year will be a half day for all AJUSD students so that teachers can meet for professional development.
Professional development is for teachers to train and figure out how to add Common Core standards into what they teach. Common Core is the new, nationwide standard that 46 out of the 50 states have started using, which will get students to think more.
Even though the it’s a full work day for teachers, students enjoy a little extra time off during the month.
“It’s a great idea because students get so restless during the school year,” said eighth grader Jaclyn Coffee. “With the time off I will spend lots of time with my family and friends. I have a baby niece that I adore.”
Each class on half days is about 30 minutes long, then there’s five minutes between seventh hour and lunch for announcements, so students get out at 11:20 to go home and do whatever they want.
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