I have been on block scheduling in many forms but this year returning to
the 7 period day. I have pro's and con's about it. Have been on 100
minutes every day for 18 weeks = 1 credit 70 minutes for 12 weeks =
1/2 credit ( was a trimester schedule)
Pro's - 1. get more work done within a time frame.
2. did give students who were absent minimum of days time to catch up
Con's 1. Students had the mind set that it was hard to work solid for
length of time, still in the mindset that they should only work for 50
minutes if that much.
2. Lessons that later only a week were hard for those who missed
frequently, I usually had them make them up after school.
3. Moving at a faster paced to get more in within shorter time frame
was not good for special needs students.
4. I didn't always have the same students back to back for first and
second half, therefore it was like starting school over three times,
once you really develop relationship with students, they were gone.
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