Student Interviews On Four Period Day
Seward High School
Purpose: To randomly choose a group of students to be interviewed
and ask their views of the present four period day used at Seward High
School. A composite summery of the interviews will be compiled and presented
to the administration and the Block Schedule Evaluation Committee.
Procedure: Every 50th student was marked on an alphabetical list
of all students. These students will be asked to participate in the interviews
according to the following guidelines:
-A member or officer of the student council will be chosen by the
administration to meet with the interviewer. The interviewer will explain
the purpose of the interview and ask the student council member to contact
the randomly selected students inviting them to participate. If the student
selected agrees, an appointment time will set up in December for a 15 minute
interview at the High School. If the student does not agree, the 49th student
will be asked. A student council member will be responsible for getting
the students to the interview.
-The interview will be held at Seward High in a room which is private
and considered a student area. Possible rooms include the library, nurses
suite, auditorium ect.
-The interview will be held December 18th and 19th.
-The time for the interviews are in the mornings for half hour blocks.
The time that least intrudes upon the schedule of the students and the
interviewer is preferred.
-Students will be asked to respond to the following primary inquiries:
Number of Students = 11
12th Grade - 3
11th Grade - 5
10th Grade - 2
9th Grade - 1
Male = 6
Female = 5
Student Reflections On Four Period Day
Seward High School
December 18-19, 1995
Dr. Allan Schmidt
1. Please describe the classes you have this semester.
2. How does the school's 4-period day fit your learning needs?
3. What do you like about the four period day?
4. If you could, how would you change the schedule?
5. Do you have any suggestions, requests for help to offer?
1. The eleven students interviewed are more than satisfied
with the 4-period day schedule. The 90 minute period is complementary to
almost all classes and is excellent when the teacher's teaching style matches
the student's learning style. Students prefer the following sequence:
2. Students like concentrating on only four subjects at
a time. The students expressed that they are now less confused, learn more,
and get better grades.
3. All students like being able to get more homework done
in school. They connected doing homework in class and asking questions
of teachers or other students with there learning more and getting better
4. Working in small groups is a preferred way to learn.
Students like discussing and debating various points of view. Students
say they learn from each other. Student learn more in depth when they listen
to other students explain and when they explain to other students.
5. According to the majority of students, the access period
does not serve them well. This included juniors and seniors who do not
have access time. They did admit, however, the use of the access period
depended on the maturity of the students. They also believe teachers can
help students use of the access period more profitably by requiring work
to be brought to the class.
6. The interview process revealed that these randomly
selected students believe that they learn more in 90 minute periods than
in shorter periods. The students also believe that the 4-period day helps
their understanding of the subjects and improves their grades. The 4-period
day reduces the amount of homework. The students interviewed are satisfied
with the change to the 4-period day.