Long Class, Not a Blast
By Mustafa Agha
Long classes, what every student hates. Why is it that every high school around Canada has 75 minute classes? Many teachers think having 75 minute classes helps students learn better by giving the teachers time to teach the lesson, while also gives students time to ask questions. But many students think that it makes them bored and tired, and hard to listen in class.
As a student myself, I think that it would be better to make classes shorter. But let us also see what other students think about this. I asked two grade 11s, Abdelrahim Karaja and Fareed Jemal, about what their opinions on 75 minute classes.
“I believe 75 minute classes are long but not too long," Abdelrahim said. "They allow for a lot to be done which can help both the teacher and the student.”
Fareed agreed, but he also added on to it by saying: “I feel like at points it is tiring because it takes so long to end. But I like that extra time at the end, because it give me the chance to procrastinate and just chill and talk with my friends.”
As we can see, some students use the time differently. Abdelrahim tries to ask questions and finish work, while Fareed uses the opportunity to relax and chill. As students, we see things differently than what teachers might see.
So let us see what teachers think about it. I interviewed Mr. Burgess, a science teacher at Canterbury High School, to see his opinion on this. I asked him two questions: “Do you think 75 minute classes are enough to teach your science lessons?” and “As a teacher, do you ever get bored of teaching the same lessons over and over again?”
His response to the first question was: “Sometimes I need more time, but it has been 75 minutes for so long that I got used to it. And if I need more time, I would take two classes to teach the concept. But sometimes the concept that I am teaching is complicated enough that it’s nice to have a night to relax and let the lesson sink in, then start back up the next day.”
For the second question he said: “That is human nature. I think we sometimes get bored on occasion. But as the teacher I have the power to change the lesson and use different examples, do different labs, and re-write my notes.” He also added to it by saying: “We’re lucky as science teachers -- or any teacher -- that we have a lot of variety in our job because I could choose to teach other classes and not the same classes every year, and new students come in every year with new and interesting questions.”
As students ourselves we must go through this 75 minutes of class and listen. Many courses like math and science might get tiring. But in the end, using the last of the 75 minutes to ask questions can help you in the long run. Push through it and try not to sleep in class -- for your future is on the line.