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> My high school is considering alternatives to the typical 7/8
>46 minute period day. The faculty has been divided into study groups
>are meeting on a regular basis to discuss information from other
>about scheduling. My department's concern (which is very much my own,
>I'm the lowest in seniority) is that the forms of block classes
>will mean that fewer students will sign up for our classes, and
>be reductions in the number of staff. We would be interested in e-
>and possibly even talking to anyone out there who is in a block
Our MS & HS is on the 2nd year of an 8 block schedule. This being
just my 2nd year as a teacher, I only have experience with this
format. Students sign up for 8 classes. Four on A day and four on B
day. The A and B days alternate. Class time is 83 minutes. I LOVE
having the extended studio time but find those students who have
little patience for their progress often become behavior problems. I
try hard to vary the routines so we can look at art, discuss, and
take time to practice. The only problem I've noticed of late is how
much students miss when they are absent even one day. Consequently,
pacing has been difficult (I have students way ahead and way behind).
The other teachers claim they cover less material but what they do
get to is more in-depth. Since I don't have experience with the other
schedule to compare, I'm not sure how art measures up. I do know
that we have had to increase our curriculum options - and have had an
increase in faculty. Class sizes have actually increased in art.
Hope this helps. Please E-mail me if I can answer any more questions.
Kate M. Wottowa
Pleasant Plains HS
Pleasant Plains, IL