A typical day for a student at I CAN SCHOOLS will include arriving at school around 7:30 am. Students will pass through a uniform check station, monitored by a building level leader to ensure he/she is in full uniform. Students will then proceed into the cafeteria for breakfast. As breakfast is being served, students have the opportunity to read, study and/or engage in conversation with a classmate.
At 8:00am, breakfast is over and the group is welcomed by a morning message given by the Principal or Dean of the school. The message sets the tone for the day, extends relationships outside of the classroom and helps to create a healthy student culture. Students are then escorted by their teachers to homeroom in preparation for the workday.
During first block (120 minutes) Kindergarten through Fifth grade students will have reading in their self-contained classrooms. Middle school students will have 75 minutes of Reading, Math or Science. All classes will begin with a "Do Now", move into an engaging Lesson Opener and progress through until the Exit Slip. Students will be expected to work hard and showcase a “do whatever it takes” mentality when approaching their work.
Throughout the day, students will have instruction in all core content areas (Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies and Science); on specific days handwriting will be taught. Once to twice a day, either in the morning or afternoon, students have the opportunity of engaging in two instructional activities they REALLY enjoy: 1) going to the computer lab and/or 2) going to Physical Education, Spanish, Art, and/or Music. During these blocks of time, numerous and varied cooperative and project-based learning occurs.
By midday, the students go to lunch and have another opportunity to engage in conversation with friends and classmates. At lunch, many students take advantage of eating with a teacher, building level leader and/or getting tutored by a peer. As in the morning, the principal addresses the group for their afternoon message. The message usually focuses on observations made in the morning hours and/or strategies for their academic / behavior performance in the afternoon.
At two very strategic points in the morning and afternoon, instruction briefly stops so the teacher can implement Power Hour. Power Hour usually takes about 5 minutes and serves as an opportunity to celebrate the behaviors (good, not-so-good, and/or indifferent) of the students. Songs, poems and quick jingles are used to engage the students and to intrinsically motivate them to WANT to make good/better decisions. During Power Hour, students see the correlation between making right decisions and their individual code of conduct while in school.