During talks with other teachers the main idea seems to be "I don't have time" The number of teachers in Sonoma County contributing here is very low and I believe it is a lack of time. SO how can we provide teachers with regular time for reflection and innovation? If we could teach 4 days and use the 5th day to work with students on more creative individual projects which would also allow for one on one remediation, I think we could be more successful. In my 35 years, all I have ever wanted is more time to spend with students individually to address their interests, and so their needs. I imagine at the high school teaching 4 days and on Friday meeting with only 2 of my 5 classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon to work on projects. This would rotate weekly so I would meet each group every 3 weeks. One of those days would also provide me with a longer prep time to work on my own interests and PD needs. It would reduce my lesson design by 20%, my paper grading by 20% and I think would be more efficient in terms of teaching content so I would not "lose instructional minutes." The project based nature of the day would allow for more in depth look at ideas.
Students would rotate around the school and there might need to be a study hall type set up to make it all work.