Blocked schedules has great benefits
August 27, 2013
The school year has officially begun and students are now in the thick of some pretty cool changes at the high school. Most students will find the new schedule a bit different than the rapid pace of a seven period day.
Instead of scurrying through a number of classes, each student will have the opportunity to slow down and move through the day at a more considerate pace. Each class meets for 85 minutes with a daily 30-minute period for students to get a handle on whatever interesting reading they choose.
The slower pace and reading period in no way means that students will be doing less or just hanging out all day. The biggest advantage of the longer class periods is that teachers now have the capacity to invest in the students at a much deeper level. Work is definitely a good thing and students will actually be working hard but differently as they are given time to be more thoughtful about what they are doing.
All of us know that it's easy to get used to being "busy" and too often busyness can get in the way of some really neat learning. The pace of how we deliver curriculum was often sandwiched into the breakneck speed of making sure students kept organized and on top of multiple classes every day.
This year students will meet with their classes three times one week and then twice the following week. The schedule will then repeat itself with the intention of facilitating a deeper and richer understanding of the lessons.
Students are always the paramount consideration when decisions are made about how to best teach and organize a quality school day. This is an opportunity to make some genuine connections with the students we serve and the parents who strive to make sure their children are getting the best possible opportunity to figure out how to live their American Dream.
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