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Re: The 4-block schedule

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DWHEEL5645_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Oct 20 2000 - 15:57:03 PDT


Middle school is toooooo young for a block schedule if it meets every other
day. Please don't do it to your kids! There is much less continuity, they'll
forget between meetings, you miss twice the material if you are absent, and
you'll see them only 2 or 3 days a week on the modified block. The kids this
age need grownups to see them everyday. Just changing classes in the regular
Jr. high or MS leaves them teetering on the edge of the cracks they can fall
thru. The single thing that kids need is all the grownups that come in
contact with them to know who they are, their parents, where they live, etc.
a first name basis, in church, the grocery store, everywhere...you know, the
village...The block system is great for teachers, I love it!!! But I'd fight
it at our MS and I'd vote against it, if given the opportunity to choose
again in my school district. (I teach high school art)
There are kids who'll do fine no matter where they are, but block scheduling
is BAD!!!! for kids with learning disabilities, no supervision at home, bad
family lives, the other 90% of the kids we teach. Our kids have 9 classes -
NINE - with TEKS and writing assignments, 6 week tests and semester tests in
every one!!! 36 classes in 4 years!
Anyway I could GO ON, as if you couldn't tell. It's good for college kids,
not 11 -15 year olds. DON"T DO IT!!!!
Deb W.