I have my middle school students 1.5 hours every other day with Fridays
being 45 min. (ABC Block). I give them a bathroom/drink break half-way
through. I love it, the kids love it. It is great for those wonderfully
messy projects such as paper machete and clay. The only time I have had
problems is when I didn't plan well and things went more quickly than I
anticipated. Now I always have more to do than we can possibly finish! :-)
> Dear Renee,
> My district was toying with the idea of going to block schedule. After
> the school board president did research, it was voted out, or at least
> post-poned. The HS teachers were freaking out- you know how change can
> be upsetting! I thought a block schedule would be rough for MS- is it
> difficult to keep the students on task for that length of time? Were the
> kids mature enough to handle that length of time and remain focused?
> What are your thoughts? Advantages? Disadvantages?
> - Louise