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Don’t test those sleepy students

Post by Cheryl Tucker on March 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm with No Comments »
March 17, 2010 2:54 pm

I won’t use the name of the Wilson High School student who e-mailed the following letter to the editor. No sense in needlessly embarrassing him. This is exactly how it came in.

There is a simple way to improve test scores across the State,and it’s free ! Do not give it the week of the time change. There is some sleepy students at 7:35 am around here.

My guess is that writing isn’t this student’s strongest suit. At least I hope not. However, the basic premise of his letter is sound: It could be a good idea to avoid giving important tests right after turning clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time and losing an hour’s sleep.

There is research that shows we don’t work as effectively for a few days after a time change and that it can take a week or more for our circadian rhythms to get back to normal. For those of us who aren’t morning people to begin with – and I suspect a lot of students fall into that category – losing that hour can be a big deal, at least on the following Monday.

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