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Lesson Plans

Block Scheduling response to James

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Fletcher Kaufman (kaufman)
Mon, 2 Dec 1996 15:41:59 -0400

Hello fello arts educators;
In the memo sent by James Childs he states "block scheduling may be
beneficial to some courses, but NOT to music which must meet yearly."
I'd love to be able to respond to this statement in a way that
would convince James that the manner in which he currently views music
education would have to change along with the change to block scheduling.
What does "must meet yearly" mean? All of the courses that I'm aware of in
the public school meet on a yearly basis. I know of a few general music
educators that can't wait to
go with large block scheduling in order to allow them to team with other
James goes on to say,"And ,then, can we expect to increase students
attention span from 10 to 45 minutes to 90?!" No, however we may hope to
increase the attention span a little by creating a more meaningful learning
environment with
suitable content that holds the students interest. Transition every ten or
fifteen minutes helps to hold students attention. I don't see any easy
to getting our students to learn. Maybe the question is do we wish for larger
blocks that enable us to focus longer on our or cross disciplinary content which
hopefully will engage the students.
I've visited a few schools with large block and it is working in
the ones that have teams of teachers sharing students in a cross
approach. Unfortunately many times the arts are excluded from the teams.
This makes it difficult for the teams to present the whole picture. I can
see where chorus and band and instrumental lessons may be exceptions that
need to be examined prior to rushing to judgement but I believe that
general music is
seeking a way to share with other discilines in a meaningful manner.
Anybody else have advice for music educators and moving toward a
large block schedule? I'd enjoy hearing a few other opinions.
Yours in Art, Craig Kaufman