Sunday, February 8, 2009

Education Like Burger King



Have it your way,
have it your way,
have it you way,
at Burger King.



If you ever heard the jingle, once you heard it, then it bounced around in your head all day, driving you crazy. Well, what if education was like Burger King? What if you could decide how you wanted it? So much of school is based on tradition, but what if it didn't have to be? What if you could design education and your school to suit you?

How would students be assessed? Would there be grades? Would there be the same classes/subjects? Would students switch classes? Would students have one teacher or several? What would the schedule look like? What would be the school hours? Would everyone attend at the same time and the same number of hours? What role would technology play? Would any learning be online? Would there even be a Reading Workshop?

For those who have never seen the Burger King commercial, here it is.



If education was like Burger King, what would your order be?

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48 comments:

Seth Roberts said...

If I could have the school my way I would have school start at 8:00 so we can get used to the schedule they have at Mcdowel. We would go home at 2:00 and get new stalls and locks in the boys bathroom. We would have one teacher teach all subjects.

emmA H. said...

If I could have school my way I would have school be shorter and we would have all 45 minute periods instead of an hour and a half for math and reading. Then 45 minutes for all the other classes. This would be how I would have school.

trindi said...

If I could have school my way it would be at night because I am more of a night person. The grades would be A and B only. So you could not get D and F. Also you would only have to go to school for a week. Then you would get out of school for a week.

Mr. McGuire said...

Emma,

Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?

Making suggestions is great, but no one would ever take you serious unless you have reasons for the changes.

Mr. McGuire said...

Trindi,

How would only getting A's and B's help you? How would that improve schools? How would being out of school every other week make you smarter.

Suggestions without reasons are a waste of time. If you want anyone to take you serious, you must have detailed reasons for your ideas.

Sam.R said...

If school was like Burger King ''have it your way'' I would have a longer science class. I would also have a longer lunch period. I would have a longer lunch period because sometimes we don't have enough time to eat. I would also have longer reading time because I like to read.

Makayla B. said...

I could have the school my way the days would be one hour less. Then I would not be home by four a clock. I would still probably have an hour bus ride though. I think it lets you have extra time to do things with your family. You don't have to sit at a desk for six hours.

Gabby L said...

If I had school my way you would have more field trips and be allowed to bring cell phones. Also there would be no dress code and there would be an 40 min. for recess and 40 min. for lunch. the reason I think it would help school because school would be more fun and make kids want to come to school. Another reason is recess helps you exercise and exercise helps you think better to learn. Thats how my school would be.

sarah B said...

If I could have school my way it would be we would have to go to school at 11:00am so I could sleep longer. Another is there would be less math and more reading and writing because I think that is more important than math. one more is less hand writing activities. I really hope you liked my school choices.

lily said...

If I could change school there would be no grades so kids wouldn't feel like they had to do good because if kids thought they did not have to do good they may do better. Also Spring break would be longer so we could enjoy the fresh air instead of being inside. The library would also be expanded so students can have more choices of books. There should be inside recess all winter because kids complain that it is so cold.

kayla m said...

If I could pick how I wanted school I would want it to be 11:00 to 4:00. I would want more hands on activities like field trips.All classes would be the same length,not one class have more time than the other.I think that we should more together activities than always interdependent. that's how I would want it to be.

jolenem. said...

If school was on the Burger King menu and if I can change it I would have video games that teach students. Then we can learn and have fun at the same time. Also kids will want to play more. We can also take our own game home. Then if you don't bring it back the next day you get a write up.

Emma H. said...

Everyone has different opinions on how they want school to be. My opinion is that all of our classes should be the same amount of time. To me I do not care if they are all one hour and thirty minutes or if they are all forty five minutes long. The reason I think this is because I think all the classes are the same. They all also have the same amount of importance to me.

Also it is important to me that we have at least twenty five minutes a day for reading. Most the time we only about 20 minutes or on most days no time for reading. I love to read but when we don't get time in class the only place I can read is at home and at home I like to go outside. This makes reading as much as you want hard to do.

If I was in charge this is how I would want school to be.

Dylan T said...

If I could have school my way we would have school for 2 hours longer. So we can have one more day off.I think it would be a lot easier on us. Plus we would get all the learning we would in a five day week. The extra two hours in school. So it will be like going to school five days a week.

One other thing I would do is make recess longer. So we can have more time to get our minds off of school for a little bit longer. Plus I really like recess. It also plays all our energy out. It would also relieve all of our stares. So it would be good for us to have more recess.

Jessika W. said...

If I could "Have It My Way" at school it would start at 10:00 because some kids might have a doctor's appointment and they might be late if school started at 9:00. Another reason that I want school to start at 10:00 is you ca get ready in the morning. Every morning I get up at 7:30 and I get on the bus at 8:15-8:20 and I don't have time to take a shower, brush my teeth, and get dressed. So for the past five days my mom has taken me to school.


Another thing I would want would be do all of your work on the computer. It would be much more easier to do work on the computer. lets say you were working on the computer writing a essay and you messed up on a word that was four paragraphs back and you just fix it and you can go on. What if you were writing on paper and you messed up you would have to erase every thing until you get to the part you messed up. It would be much more work.That would be my order.

bailey m. said...

If I could rule the school I would have the cooks cook about three meals. I would have the cooks do that so the kids could choose what they want to eat. The kids might not want the lunch that is on the menu.


I would also have only five hours of school. I would only have that much time because it is enough time to learn lots of stuff.

I would also extend lunch because I don't think we get enough time to eat. And the teacher makes us get up when we are eating and we just were not that hungry.

Makayla B. said...

If I had school my way I would Make school one hour shorter. I would make it shorter because I think we spend more time at school instead of at home with our family. Also we wouldn't be at our desk all day long. I do like to come to school. I don't think it would really hurt anything. The only problem would be is trying to fit all the classes in five hours. I think it could happen.

If I had school my way recess would be ten minutes longer. I would make it ten minutes longer because when we are out there. It feels like we are there for five minutes. When we are really out there for fifteen to twenty minutes. We are usually in class for about forty five.

brianna h. said...

If I could have school my way I would make school hours the same because I would like to have good grades. Also make it to college and get a nice job and make some nice money. I'm so looking up to college. I really want a degree.

Also if I could have school my way I would make the restrooms cleaner because some kids don't want to go to bathroom because it's to dirty, so they hold until schools out which is not good for your bladder. That's why they should clean the restrooms. Kids shouldn't have to hold themselves to use the bathroom at home. That's what I think.


I also think we should have more to eat because most kids go home starving and their parents make them wait until dinner is made. Then when they have to wait they get sick because they're starving. At school we only get a little bit to eat. You know, it's not good to starve yourself.

Dylan T said...

If I could have school my way we would have school for 2 hours longer, so we can have one more day off. I think it would be a lot easier on us. Plus we would get all the learning we would in a five day week. The extra two hours in school. So it will be like going to school five days a week.

One other thing I would do is make recess longer, so we can have more time to get our minds off of school for a little bit longer. Plus I really like recess. It also plays all our energy out. It would also relieve all of our stress, so it would be good for us to have more recess. It would also be easier on the teachers.

Destiny S. said...

If I could have school my way school hours would be 8:00-2:15. The reason why school hours would be 8:00-2:15 is because school hours would be the same but we would go to school early and get out of school early and have more after school activities. Another reason why the time should change is because we could not only have more after school activities but we could spend more time with our family.

Also if could have school my way I would make a variety of food for people at lunch. I would have more of a variety of food at lunch because if people do not like the lunch they are given then they can choose a different food to replace it. Also because if people are allergic to that food or drink they don't have to have less food, they can pick something different.

If could have one more order to have school my way I would have an elevator built in the school. I would have an elevator built in because some people are handicapped and cannot go up the stairs . Also because your legs get tired walking up and you might fall down.

These are my orders if I could have school my way.

Sam.R said...

If school was like Burger King ''have it your way'' I would have a longer reading time. I would have a longer reading time because I like to read. In class we don't always get to read. When we do get to read, we only read for about 20 minuets. I think we should be aloud to read for at lest an hour. That way we could get really far in our books. So when we go to our online journal we will have a lot to talk about.

Another thing I would do is have a longer recess/walking period. We don't always have enough time to energy out . I think if we had a longer recess/walking period we wouldn't be so talkative in class. We might not have that much energy left to talk. If we didn't have any energy to talk we might get more work done in class.

trindi said...

If I could have school my way it would be at night because I am more of a night person. It would save school money for other stuff. Also We cold do more stuff in the day like go outside more.
Also if I could have school my way we would only have to go to a week then get out for a week.That would save the school a lot of money for school stuff.But only in the summer.Then we could go outside more.

seth Roberts said...

If I had the school my way I would have an hour taken off the day because, you could get your homework done. Also so you are not stressed out about getting your homework done so you have time to get ready.

Like maybe your have a sport you're in. Or maybe you need to make an appointment for the doctor and, so you do not miss any work in school. Also if you have a relative coming to town like your dad or mom or any other relative. Or you could have something to do with your mom.

I would also have the school to where handicapped people because every body has the right to have education. The handicapped people could make different friends.

It would be easy for the handicapped people to get around but, only for the handicapped people so someone would not break it.

James Ebert said...

If I could have it my way at school I would make it to where the school day was a nine hour day, so we could get more done. Our school day is to short we need a longer day so all my work can get done. A longer school day would let us do more work so we don't have as much home work.

I would make it to all of our work was done on a laptop. That way if there is a kid who forgets his work it would all be done on the laptop. There would be no papers to lose you would just have the laptop. Home work would be done on the laptop too so you don't lose it. Doing all your work on a laptop would make it easier to carry things back and forth to class.

Lily W said...

If I could change school I would have spring break longer, so students could enjoy more of the warm climate. Also so kids are not inside when it is warm outside. The teachers could think of more outside activities that are educational. Students want a longer school break because they have been inside all winter and when it finally gets warm enough to go outside without a coat they have to be inside.

If I could change school I would expand the library and buy more books for it. Students need a larger choice of books in libraries. They could get more exited about reading and read more. If they read more they might get a better reading grade. Also they could learn things out of the books like math,social studies and science.

If I could change school I would have inside recess all winter. It is really cold outside during the winter and students complain that it is really could outside. That would help me learn because if I am not so cold from outside recess I could concentrate better. I think everyone could.

kayla m said...

If I could pick what order I wanted for school I would want to go a different time. I would want to go at 10:00 to 4:00. The reason I think that is because I don't think that you really learn what teachers teach in the morning because you are still tired. I think you learn better when you are awake more and you can remember more if you are not half asleep.

Another order I would have is I think that all the periods should be the same length. The reason I think that is because no period is more important then another. I think they all should be 45 min periods. Its not far if one teacher gets more time then another.

One more order I would have is to have no homework. The reason I think that is because I do not think homework helps you Any . There is no reason to do it at home . The reason I think this is because a lot of kids hurry thought it so they can go play. Which gets then a bad grade in school because they wanted to go play. That's the orders I would have for school. If I could pick.

jolenem. said...

If I could change the school I would have video games that teach all subjects to all students. The reason why is because everyone likes to talk about video games and how cool they are. Also students would learn a lot from these educational games. Plus students can take them home and if they don't bring it back the next day they get a write up. That is why I think educational video games would be good for school.

If I could change the school I would have study hall at the end of every day for the last period. The reason why is because then we can get our home work done before we get home. Also if we need help we can go to any of the teachers. Because I bet a lot of students struggle with homework because they don't understand it. That is another way I would change the school.

Dustyn T. said...

If I could have it my way I would make the grades good because I would have A-B's. So my mom and dad would be happy and not sad but happy. I would like that a lot .

If I could have it my way I would make sure that there are no fits. If I had school my way we would expand lunch to 40 min. Also recess would expand to 40 min. too. The reason I think we should expand recess and lunch is we do not get enough time to eat all our food and we need more exercise. Another reason is it will make more fun and kids would love to come to school and learn. The next reason is, lunch keeps you from getting hungry and if you're hungry you think of food and do not think of working but if your not hungry you work harder and think better. If recess and lunch was longer I would do better in school.

Another way I would have school is you would have more field trips. The reason I think school should have more field trips is because we can have a lot of fun and learn at the same time. The reason for having trips is because we can go in the wild and be able to see the wild life .

Thank you for reading me comment

sarah B said...

If I could have school my way I would go to school at 11:00am so I could sleep longer. I really don't like getting up a 7:00 and riding the bus for about an hour. Plus, I am always tired when I get home and I think that if I woke up a 11:00 I would be less tired.


Another thing I would order is there would be less math and more reading and writing because I think that is more important than math. Math class would be about an hour, instead of an hour and a half. The other classes would be the same as math because I'm not a big fan of science, and social studies is not my best subject. I would have language arts as the same. We would get out home at 3:30pm, we would also have no homework because all the time we would have in class.


Something else I would have is less hand writing activities. I think that we should have less hand writing activities because I really hate hand writing stuff, the computer is way better than hand writing things, I think. Also when I'm on the computer I know if I have a spelling error, so I would have a better grade in spelling. Another thing is I can just hit backspace if I mess up, instead of having to eraser you pencil marks.

One more thing I would order is I would have a little bit longer recess because I get to go outside and jump and play around with my friends. So I don't get in trouble in class when I'm passing notes because I can't talk in class. I would also make our lunch period a little longer, so I can eat all my food, if needed. This is how I would order my schooling if I could have it my way.

Colton said...

I want to have quiet spaces at school so that people do not get distracted as much. People would also be able to get more work done if there were no distracted. They would learn even more if we had about three more hours in each of the school days. We would also need more homework so that we could make our brain work more so that we can learn more.

I would mostly keep the school the way it is. I might change a few things about this school. This school is also a valuable school to me and so that is why I would not change this school very much. So that is the way I would order my school.

Paitaan W. said...

If I could have it my way I would have the school day longer, so I could learn more. I could also get my grades up to at least a ''B'' because then my teacher,my parents and I could have somebody to be proud of. Plus there would be a learning game in every room for people that need help and people that does not understand. There would also be three more teachers in each room so kids that need help people would be there.

I would have a computer in each room so all kids could do Study Island. I would also have people have one more day to do homework so they would not get in trouble for not do the homework. Also I would have kids do homework on the computer to see how they do.

corbit c. said...

If I could have school my way it would be 2 hours longer. A reason is that teachers could teach longer. Another reason I would make school longer because the USA has the lowest education in the world. Another is kids could stay 30 minuets longer to get help on home work if they wanted to.

I would also give organized teachers bonus checks. I would do this because it would save time. It would also give kids a good example to flow.

I would let kids pick the class room so they would feel responsible. But if one kid could not handle it he would not get to pick his class room.

Cyranda H. said...

If I could pick a time to go to school I would want that to be 11:00a.m to 3:00 so that I could sleep longer. The reason why I would want to sleep longer is because I don't feel like I have enough sleep at night. Also another reason why I would want it to be at that time is because I need more time to get everything done.

Another order that I would want is that all of the classes would be 40 minutes long. The reason why I want each class to be 40 minutes long is because it would better so, that each teacher all had the same time to have the students. Another thing is that we wouldn't have any homework in any class. I do not like having homework. The reason why I don't like having homework is because I want to have more time to play then do my homework. I do like some homework though the fun kind.

The last order that I would take is that we had more time for recess and lunch. The reason why I need more time for lunch and recess is because I feel like I don't have enough time for lunch and recess. Also so, I can eat all of my food and I would get to see all of my friends that are in different classes. For recess I would also want longer time because I want to get some exercise.

Seth R. said...

If education was like Burger King. I would change the hours from 9:00 to 6:15 in the afternoon. So we would get to learn more everyday.I wouldn't change the time for lunch because we need to eat but I would change the rule to no recess.

ryan v said...

I would make it to were we would have shorter school days because when we are finished in class we are not that happy don't feel so good. I would make shorter school periods and would make every class shorter to 30 minutes.

I would make it easy for handicapped people to get to class on time. So they don't get in trouble for not being there on time.

I would make it easier for teachers by giving them longer lunch periods for the teachers and for us. The teachers can go to Ridge inn or any were else in Laurelville.

I would make to where each student gets a laptop because we could do unfinished work at home and print it out. We could Also work on extra credit work at home.

I would make it to were each bully is taken to a detention room because bullies pick on other kids that are trying to do there best in school but bullies usually mess it up.

I would make it to were we are allowed to chew gum because kids are usually frustrated and mad at people so they chew on there gum instead of hitting them.

Tyler A. said...

I think we should have school the same way it is. Most of us students want to go to school half a day so we can get out of school early. I want to stay at school the full time but part of me wants to go a half day. The students that wants to go a half day are plain out lazy. Most of the people that work in fast food restaurants probably did not get a college degree or did not care what their job was.

Bree said...

Hey you, what if I ran the school? If I ran the school I would have every class be be 90 minutes. This would make students learn more and be more intelligent. The thing is that it would be for example block scheduling. Teachers want to teach more and more but they always run out of time. That's what I'd do if I ran the school.


Teachers move to your next class please. Another thing I would like to change in school is moving to our classes. Teachers would just grab their stuff and move since they only have a few things. Students take a long time to change classes. Doing this would also help improve students with their learning skills. Students would be prepared and they couldn't be late for class.

rachaelj said...

To change the school!?! Well there really is not much to change, because I like the way school is planed now. You have time to talk to your friends, and be lazy at recess. Then time to get in your learning for the day.

I don't think that kids realize that if school is shorter that means less time to hang out with your friends. It also means that kids get more homework because, we would have to get all of our work by the end of the school year.

I know kids will say "oh well we will have more time to rest our brains if school was for only three hours a day".
When they are not even going to work, they are just going to sit at home and "study" the TV. Just think about it.

tyler ph said...

If I could have a school. I would have more physical education so kids would want to go to school more. It would make them more active and they would like sports more.

I think we should have more field trips so we can get away from school so we don't get stressed out from the work. We would still learn but we would have fun doing it. Stream studies would help us learn about science.

heather p said...

I need more time! Not only me but a lot of other kids can't get all of their work done. I think that we should get one more hour of school. We need a little more time in school because in every class we should have the same amount of time. Even though we have an hour and 1/2 in math we still do not get every thing finished. When we don't get everything done then we have to do it as homework. I think that if they just give us one more hour we would not have all the homework!

I hear that the less that is in your book bag the better your back will be. I mean who wants back problems when they get older! I also think that the more homework that you have the worse you will do on it. You are to worried about getting everything else done. You just go through it all and you don't have the time to check it. I would much rather have more time in school than an F.

I also think that we should have just one teacher and not four. If we have one teacher then we can have more classrooms. With less students and the teachers can have more one on one time with the students. It would also be better because you don't have to worry about if forgot something or if you left something in one of the other classrooms. I think that the less kids in a classroom the better because their would be a lot less distracting going on in the classroom.

Christian W said...

If I could have school my way it would be very fun and educational. First things first, students would go to school for three hours and then have a hour break. Students could go to restaurants with their parents. Or they could stay at school and eat lunch there. Then after that they would come back to school or go to their classes for another three hours. This way students would have a break from school to spend time more time with parents. I think that during that break if parents want to have a conference during that time they could.

Then students would have their special at the end of the day. That would help because students would be loose and ready to have fun. Each class would be one hour long. We would have two different teachers to teach reading and writing. That way each teacher would only study for their own subject. I would do that because each teacher would master in one subject.

Tyler S. said...

I would like to go and be able to choose what we eat at lunch. I think that we should be able to do that because more people will eat healthier food. Then we will be able to think better during class. The school has an up side too because less people will pack and the school will make more money. I think that is an up side for everyone.

I think this is an good ideal to have bow shooting in P.E. I think it is good because we have done ever thing els. We could do it with are extra money we get from lunch. I think the kids will like it because most of the kids do shoot and it will be their first time. Like the kids that already shoot should be the helpers.

christian s said...

How would I change my education? I first would make sure the school gets monthly check ups to make make sure it is still safe to be in. I would change the type of food they serve at school and make sure that the kids had different types of food to choose to eat so they could make there own decisions for what they like to eat for lunch. I would even change the time we have with each teacher it would go Mrs. Griffey 30 minutes Mr. Mcguire 40 minutes Mrs Carrte 30 minutes Ms. Bowlby 40 minutes and for specials t they would have us for an hour. When it came for recess we would have 50 minutes for recess. I would also install elevators in the school everyone wouldn't have to walk up and down the stairs every single time they have to go some where down stairs and when they have to leave school.

I think that would be good because everything wouldn't be so hard. So everything would be almost so perfect more likely everyone would show up at school on time and everyday. They would more likely not change anything because they would like it so much. But one thing they would more likely change is having Mrs. Griffey. But if I could change the school thats how I would change it.

sommer said...

Class becomes fun! It would be fun if the class would be short, because the day would go faster and the students do not have to fall asleep during the class period. It would be better at home doing the work because at school there is a lot of noise and no one can pay attention. So other students can pay attention in the noisy class rooms some others can't That's why we should have some of the class work sent home with us.

Colin H said...

If school was like Burger King "have it your way" I think that school should start at 9:00. Because some people have to sleep or they will be very sick.


I think that Science should be the longest class. Because we get to do all kinds of stuff.


Gym should be our longest special. Because we get to goof around and have a lot of fun.

And Social Studies should be a longer class period. Because it's really short now.

Gabby L said...

If I had school my way I would expand lunch to 40 min. Also recess would expand to 40 min. too. The reason I think we should expand recess and lunch is we do not get enough time to eat all our food and we need more exercise and exercise it also helps the brain and keeps you wide awake to pay attention. Another reason is it will make school more fun and kids would love to come to school and learn. The next reason is, lunch keeps you from getting hungry and if your hungry you think of food and do not think of working but if your not hungry you work harder and think better. If recess and lunch was longer I would do better in school.

Another way I would have school is you would have more field trips. The reason I think school should have more field trips is field trips give more excitement to school. Another way to improve school is you could write a report about the field trip that way, you learn and have fun. It would also improve your writing skills. Field trips will help in science and social studies if its about studying history, animals or if its about ancient stuff and experimenting what it is.

The next thing I would do to improve school is to take away dress codes. The reason I think we should take away dress codes is you have to make sure you are wearing appropriate clothes. I do not like thinking what to wear and not wear the clothes I like. Another thing is uniforms are some times uncomfortable and students will not wear them. Students should show who they are and what they like. That is how I would like school.

Austin S. said...

If I were to be in charge of Logan Elm there would be longer school days. I would make it this way because I think that students should learn more. I think this because it would give students a better chance of getting a good grade on the Achievement test. I would teach extra things in all subjects. For example in math I would teach an example of the Achievement test. I would do this because it would help prepare for the Achievement test.

I would also have three hours of school on Saturday. I would make it optional to go to Saturday school . I would do this some people want to go to Saturday school because some people want / need help. On the other hand some people don't. I would make Sunday school three hours because people that need help also want to have time to their selfs.

I know that the Achievement test is very important. So the people that got a grade above a C would get an award at the Awards Assembly. This award would include a McDonald's coupon. I would do this because it can take a lot of hard work to get an A,B,or a C. I hope that you enjoyed my comment. What would you do if you were in charge of the school?

joey p. said...

I"m reading Spy X Hide And Seek I like this book because it makes you think it is confusing in a good way. An example is one chapter you are on one thing the next chapter you are on something totally different