One thing they talk about a surprising number of times on the show is ice. One of the lead characters, Leo, is a recovering alcoholic and often speaks in metaphors involving drinks. Leo mentions several times that when making a drink, shaking a drink, or stirring the drink, it's important not to chip the ice. By chipping the ice, the ice has more exposed surface area and melts a lot faster...which supposedly ruins the drink. Another character, the President, even goes so far as to accuse James Bond of being a wimp for ordering a "shaken not stirred" martini as this results in a watered-down drink, courtesy of the chipped ice.
While do I bring this up? I think the "ice chipped" scenario actually has a lot of applications and I've seen one of them during the three 2-hour delays we've had this week. It turns out...when you only have class 25 minutes a day, nothing gets done. Students love to complain about how early school is, and how long classes are, but I've noticed over the past few days that shorter classes and a later start to the day don't help at all. Students still come in late, they take the same amount of time between classes, and the beginning/ending "settling in" that normally occurs in each class takes the usual three minutes on each side of the period. While a typical day might result in two minutes of "settling in", five minutes of instruction, thirty-five minutes of work, and three minutes of "wrapping up", these delay schedules only allow for fifteen minutes of work. In fact, fifteen minutes is so short a time to work, many students, at least mentally, never even begin working in earnest. The period is "almost over" from the moment in begins, so some see it as unnecessary to actually start doing anything. In other words, there's too much surface area exposed, and the ice is gone too quickly to be effective. As a result, we're left with a not only short, but also watered-down day.
One thing I've stated several times, and one thing few people recognize, is that work is a process much like sleep. It's very difficult to sit down and just work just as its nearly impossible to get into bed and simply will yourself to sleep on command. It takes a few minutes. It takes an environment conducive to working to make work happen. It takes buffer time if students are actually going to get in-the-zone and get something done. It can't happen in twenty-five minutes. The ice melts too quickly.