In many ways, this is what I wish my class was all the time. I don't just mean for me (though an extra four hours a day to get work done is always a perk) but for the students as well. One of the advantages of college is not just the dorms, or the food, or the easy of access, but the fact that between all classes you're usually given a break. Very few college schedules have students going from class to class to class without having time in between to mentally reset, work on homework, eat, or just relax before going back for more. In many ways, I think all of our classes could benefit from "free chunks" much like today has been for me. Sure, some students would sleep, and others would just tinker on their phone, but eventually many of them, like me today, would realize they might as well use the time to get all the things taken care of. Then they can show up to their next class without the foreboding spectre of weekend-homework upon them and could actually pay attention to what's next. I know that I'm going to be much more productive next week now that the many tasks I took care of today are out of the way.
Hopefully next week the seniors are feeling better and return from their slumber. With only 13 weeks of school remaining for them, they'll have plenty of time to sleep later. It's time to get back to work.