Sixth period prompts the blues


Morgan Nash, writer

I dread my Spanish class every day.

It’s not because I don’t like the class; it’s because it happens to be at the hardest part of my school day—sixth period.

After interviewing a few students and teachers, I realized that they felt the same way about their sixth period.

“Sixth period is definitely my hardest period of the day,” says Mrs. Holland, sophomore and junior English teacher. “The students are either disengaged or restless.”

“It feels like torture,” junior Mica Mihaescu says.


Why is this?

“Fifth period is right after lunch,” Mihaescu says, “I’m rejuvenated and motivated . . . Seventh period is the last class of the day; I’m more alert because I’m just excited to get out, but sixth period . . . feels like it lasts forever.”

It’s because students are longing for that seventh period. Holland explains that “even though my sixth period English II class contains many quality students, the class as a whole often scores lower than my other English II classes . . . it’s because that period is so hard for them.”

What should we do about sixth period sluggishness? Should we all bring our kindergarten nap pads and take a siesta?

How do you beat the sixth period blues? Put your suggestions in the Echolier box in the library and you might see your idea published in our Happy Little Life series!