Thursday, February 8, 2007

Day 3

Problems at Tartan

The problem- It is nearly impossible to navigate Tartan's hallways due to overcrowdedness.

Evidence- If you were to poll just about any student at Tartan, they would tell you that one of the most frustating problems we face everyday with the amount of people in our school is the nearly impossible task of just making it to class on time with the hallway congestion. There is much evidence to this, including:

The amount of people who are tardy to class because they were blocked in the hallways is significantly rising.

The average time it takes for someone to simply go to their locker, get their stuff, and go to class has risen, leaving no time for any downtime whatsoever.

Contributing factors-I feel that there are many contributing factors to this, including:

The overall number of srudents and faculty at this school. Class sizes (especially freshman) have ballooned, meaning there are more bodies to deal with in the halls.

Decreased passing time-While class sizes have grown, our amount of time for passing has not. In fact, the time was lowered from eight minutes to six, which in my opinion was not a good decision based on increasing enrolled students in the school.

The building itself is another reason why it is so cramped at Tartan. Obviously, we can't change this, but it is still a contributing factor.

Blockage- Obviously, standing like a pole in the middle of a hallway is doing absolutely nothing to help this issue (or in the middle of a staircase!).

Propose a solution- There are a few solutions that would be helpful in getting everyone to class on time. First, the school could increase passing time back up to eight or even ten minutes. We could also designate spaces for "passing only", meaning that it would be considerate to not stand and talk right in the middle of that space, although this solution might be a bit harder to enforce.


MaraWritesFerFun said...

HI Dana!
how are you doing?
just wanted to say hi and comment your blog! I think this is very well written out, good problem.* I just think the statement of the problem is a little overdone, because it is not 'impossible' to get through, so you could switch it to something like 'very difficult' or 'it is a hassle'. something like that. or than that it is pretty good, things I wouldn't have thought of. =)
and I heard you had a little bit of a cold today. airborne does wonders! how's PIP?
ttyl =) ->mara

Mr. Hatten said...

Dana: Excellent work on the blog. I really like the whole thing. Mara's comment is dead on (nice work Mara!). The way to solve this evidence problem would be to take a stopwatch and time your walk through the halls and say what you did on the walk ... Or have several people do it. Overall, though, fantastic work. Top notch. Keep it up! -- Mr. H