California Educator

April 2013

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SLEEPING AND LEARNING MORE ZZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZZZZ z z z z z z z z z z z z s Z s h really HELP t e R YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE? Not necessarily. BY SHERRY POSNICK-GOODWIN PHOTOS BY SCOTT BUSCHMAN R Cara Ramsay 10 California Educator April 2013 esearch shows snoozing helps teens gain in academic achievement, so some districts changed the bell schedule ��� or are planning to do so ��� to give students more shut-eye. While changing to a later start time proved controversial with staff at some schools, most educators agree that students aren���t getting enough sleep. Bus rides that begin before dawn���s early light and classes starting as early as 7 a.m. result in yawns and nodding heads, they say. ���Every day I see kids who are affected by sleep issues,��� says Cara Ramsay, a Temecula Valley High School English teacher. ���They look tired. They move slowly. In first period, which begins at 7:30, you rarely even see behavior problems because kids are so tired. Our kids need more sleep. To me, it���s a no-brainer.���

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