I have been teaching a 3x3 block schedule for several years and LOVE it. We have "A" days and "B"days.
On "A" days we have periods 1,3,and 5 at approx. 100 minutes each. On "B" days we have periods 2,4,and 6
for the same amount of time. We NEVER skip a day. For example, if we end on an "A" day and are off for a day due to weather, we start back on a "B" day.
Benefits? A much longer time to demonstrate, critique, and for student work. On days when we have early dismissal and classes are shortened, it seems like they fly by.
Also, seeing classes every other day is good if you have personality conflicts with a student or two. A day between makes for a good "cooling off" period.
I am not certain, but I believe the 4x4 block scheduling is not conducive to students taking electives.
Anyone out there on the 4x4 block? How does it affect your electives?