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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Kathleen McCrea
Thu, 08 Jan 1998 12:04:49 -0600
This is our first year on Block Scheduling. Both my husband and I
teach art; his school went to block a couple of years back. Both of us
feel that the Block Schedule is less tiring. We think we get about the
same amount done, but sometimes you have to plan a little differently.
One reason administrators like it is because it cuts way down on the
number of times kids are in the halls each day (a time requiring much
supervision by administrators). We have a Seminar time every other day;
it is similar to home room from years past. Kids can get passes to go
get help from other teachers. It cuts down on the number of classroom
interruptions for some things, too. I have Seminar kids half the time,
and another teach has them the remainder so that each one of us can have
some planning time. I can forsee that in the future that might get
taken away so that we would have no break every other day. Teachers who
teach Core Classes get a planning period everyday.
Re: Lesson Plans. It was highly recommended that we change
activities often. On days when we read, I think it's really important
to give kids a break. When we are doing studio activities, there are
usually enough changes to keep things going smoothly. Sometimes a
critique for a while, some reading, some studio......The kids really
complain about teachers who lecture the whole time; I would dislike that
Overall, I think I like Block better, but I think it's probably a
fad which will come and go like many other changes.
Maybe reply: Mike Delaney: "Re: Block Scheduling"
Maybe reply: NANNVAL: "Re: Block Scheduling"