We have been doing block schedule for 3 years now - we jumped in very
green - 1 day training right before school starts. I found that we get alot
more work done. Since we are a production class I have found that it was
easier for me to make the transition as opposed to the lecture classes. We
have 1 block set aside for "Seminar" (also called study hall). All students
have this class - same hour, same time. When a student is absent, if it is
something he/she cannot make up otherwise, then they come to my class during
seminar, so absences are not a problem with block. Subs on the other hand...
If they cannot handle 45 minutes in your class then you need new subs! But
as you don't have much control over that then maybe you could have art games
set up for them to play that hour, or something the kids will look forward
to that a sub could handle.
> I teach grade 8 art, Studio in Art and 2 electives
> (that have been "promised" not to be reduced as a
> result of the block schedule). Looking for ways to
> address the eventual issue of student absences and sub
> ideas ( as I have subs now that cannot handle a 45
> minute art class) Pros & cons pov welcome, as my
> district is jumping headfirst into the shallow end of
> the block schedule pool!!
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