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Re: middle school instructional time


Date: Sat Mar 22 2003 - 05:35:27 PST

I taught at a middle school with a "pattern" schedule. Basically I saw the
students 5- 50 or 54 minute (something like that) classes for every two weeks
for an entire semester (does that make sense?). Then on the alternate
pattern they would take a different class. So basically they were getting
1/2 of 1 sememster of each class. Classes taught this way are art, general
music (I think it is chorus in our MS), home EC (Now called Consumer
Science), orchestra, also, classes for kids who get extra whether it is the
gifted program or at the other end.

So, in our case, the kids get exposure to more disciplines, but actually less
time with each. What do you all really think about block scheduling or
schedules like this that allow more exposure to different opportunities, but
less time. I really like the old fashioned way (like when I was in school!
lol) When you had the class either each day for a semester or all year. I
think you learned more about a specific thing.

What do you think?