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Lesson Plans

Block Scheduling Revisited

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John Scott (jscott)
Tue, 16 Apr 1996 17:19:17 -0400 (EDT)

Thank You to those who replied to my initial request for
information. I have condensed your replies and distributed them to the
members of my department, and my study group, and this has earned me a post
on the scheduling committee.
We have not bought or abandoned the idea of block scheduling, but
would rather look at the broader perspective of how best to serve our
students needs. In this effort to continue our study, we need to collect
more data. So, with that in mind, could you please fax a copy of your
school's master schedule to my attention to (614) 369-0469? (Alternatively,
you could e-mail me a copy in your reply.) The scheduling committee is
interested in seeing how the teacher's day is organized in your building and
how the faculty as a whole works together.
Could you also please reply to this e-mail, letting me know to
expect your fax? We're also interested in any comments you may have on test
scores since going to blocking (including performance of a couple of years
before blocking, if possible). Also, please include the estimated size of
your student population. An area of concern in our building is the music
program, which would like to meet with the students all year long. We have a
strong music/art program, with two choirs, jazz band, concert band, and
marching band - each having time in the schedule that we currently employ.
In the art department, my colleagues (not necessarily myself - perhaps I'm
too naive) have the concern that we'll be competing for students with other
departments. Does this concern have any merit from your experience?
Thank You again for your cooperation and time!

John Scott
Rutherford B. Hayes High School
Delaware, Ohio