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Teachers and Students Adjust to Longer School Days

Shifting to a four-day teaching schedule was a big change for Chris Barnes.

Like her students, the third-grade teacher at Preston’s Oakwood Elementary School had to get used to days that started earlier and ended later. But she also had to figure out how to best fill a classroom day that started at 8 a.m. and ended at 3:45 p.m.

Now, she sees the advantages to the new bell schedule. Barnes has the time for longer reading sessions, to help her students make the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. “Having that longer reading time, you can do more with it, I believe,” she said.