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Lesson Plans

Block Scheduling

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Paul Loomer (
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 11:50:52 -0500

Hi. My name is Paul. I teach 7-12 Art in a district of about 1,000
students. We art currently on an 8 period day during which I teach 7
sections of Art. The 7th and 8th grade classes are divided into four
groups that meet for 9wks. each as exploritory classes. The high school
offerings include Art I, II, III, and IV. We do a very good job of
providing students with a solid foundation in the visual arts, offering
everything from the basics to computer technology and philosophy.
Recently, the administration and school board have been pushing for a 4X4
block schedule. Having more time to work seems inviting, but I have some
real concerns about its effects on enrollment and the continuity of
learning because of time lapse between class offerings. I am also
concerned about my department becoming a dumping ground for students who
are unable to take the classes they want or need. I've visited other
schools that have block scheduling where this has happened. Research seems
to be lacking on the effects of block scheduling on Art programs. If
anyone out there has had experience with block scheduling I would like to
hear your pros and cons about the situation.

  • Maybe reply: croberts: "Re: Block Scheduling"