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First, good luck with your block scheduling. We've had block scheduling for 3
years at Brighton High School. We alternate every other day with classes (We
have "red" days and "white" days - our school colors) There are 4 classes a
day, giving the students the opportunity to take 8 total classes a semester.
It's working out pretty well for my classes (Art). Classes are 90 minutes
long and it really helps having the time to get out materials, work on the
project at hand, and having time to clean-up. The kids don't mind an hour and
a half in an activity class like Art, but, it's a little tough for kids to sit
in a lecture-based class for that long. Teachers in LB (Lecture-Based)
subjects have gone to dividing the time up. (Lecture/Study/Work)
Another plus is having a 90 minute plan every day. (Our contract requires a
daily planning period) It really allows time to grade, order supplies,
The down side is when you get a roudy class (We've all been there). A rough
group can make 90 minutes seem like 5 days.
If you would be interested in our schedule, how we break up the time, etc...
drop me a note.
Again, good luck with your block scheduling. I hope it works out for your
Brighton High School