2013-09-06 / Columnists


By Rick Horan

Sadly, Labor Day is already behind us and school is about to begin. Anybody have any ideas as to how to slow down time? If so, please share them, immediately!

Anyway, this might be an appropriate time to share more of the very creative ideas that students came up with on “Idea Day” at P.S. 207 in Howard Beach earlier this year. This week we’ll take a look at their ideas in the “Academic/ Classroom” and “Technology” categories. Next week we’ll wrap it up with ideas for “The Community” and “The World.”


Listen to music while working, Student of the month Award, School-wide “Buddy Program,” institute a “Bully Police” Program, encourage a more productive learning environment within the school, Class President, “Nut” Card Days, Add a free period/ study hall period to schedule, create a daily school newspaper, begin each day with positive song, make PS 207 a high school, leave earlier on Friday, ½ day school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, ½ day 1st Monday of every month, shorter school week, shorter school day, better 8th grade trip, more school trips, pizza party rewards for high average/ being real good, to have Mrs. Vandewater as a teacher again next year, donut party rewards for high average, no more bullying in school, Spelling Bee, Math Bee, story-telling contest, student of the month award, international pen-pals, more time for art/more art supplies, more time for music/more music supplies, make an instrument, more instruments, more time for science, double period of health, no AIS -4, less tests, Italian classes, longer recess time, easier math classes, ask for donations so that the school can buy more things that we need and finally, allow school nurses to work from the Hawaiian Islands.


Bring I-Pad to school, use our own laptops, I-Pad for every student, school should raise $ so that every student can have their own I-Pod/Kindle, bring in Nooks for reading; breaking news show in the lobby (created by 6th, 7th and 8th grade), school website, allow students to attend school digitally and last but not least, use more Windows computers in the school.

So the question is, do you have better ideas than a 5th grader? If so, send them to me at RickHoran@ IdeasImprov.com

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