By Jasmine Virgen
If you were to ask students how many hours of sleep they get on average, you would most likely hear that many get less than the recommended nine hours. Students who are enrolled in many APs or extracurriculars do not have enough time in a day to finish their assignments. Unfortunately, between clubs and sports, homework is rarely a first priority.
This year, the school’s faculty has discussed the implementation of a “Smart Period.” This advisory period would be similar to homeroom, giving students an opportunity to catch up on homework or make up work that they missed during absences. The extra class would be placed between second and third period on Mondays and Fridays. The creation of the period would only decrease class time by eight minutes. The designated 92 minutes per week of smart period time would give students a chance to visit counselors and attend college presentations without disrupting their studies.
Ultimately, it would assist students of all academic strengths and teachers who sacrifice their free time for tutoring or make-up work.
The most evident reason for the creation of an advisory period is its ability to help struggling students. It would undoubtedly give teachers a chance to reach out to students who do not attend tutoring events. The school offers many resources to students who need extra assistance, like the Writing Lab in room 119 or Link Crew tutoring. However, these events are often poorly attended. Students who are busy after school or those who have had little success in school are not very likely to attend these events. The mandatory smart period would give students an opportunity to dedicate time to their studies.
Along with tutoring events offered to all Alameda High students, many teachers sacrifice their personal time to help their students. The advisory period would allow faculty members to work on a one-on-one basis with kids who are struggling to understand the material. This would be beneficial to both parties, as teachers often sacrifice their free time to hold these meetings. Tutoring events that are held at lunch, after school, or on weekends can cut into the time a teacher gets to spend outside of school with family. With the implementation of the Smart Period, teachers would also reduce their workload.
In addition to those who struggle with school, students who are concerned with class rank would surely be delighted to get an opportunity to finish their homework early. Those who pile on AP courses and extracurriculars are not only signing up for accelerated lessons, but more homework per night. Just as block periods are useful because they give students two days to complete their assignments, smart periods would alleviate some of the stress from full period days on Mondays and Fridays. No matter the academic achievements of the student, a homeroom period is long overdue.