Include Synonyms Include Dead terms. Download full text. This study examined one public school system's change in its scheduling format from a seven-period day to block scheduling. This longer uninterrupted instructional time, usually lasting 90 minutes, provides for fewer classes and transitions per day, and the completion of more course credits during the school year.
"White Paper: The Effects of Block Scheduling and Traditional Schedulin" by Lesley Mizhquiri
When I started teaching in at an alternative high school in Chicago a school that gave dropouts a second chance at a diploma , we were on a block schedule. I saw students every other day for about 90 minutes a class. I hated it. As a new teacher then, I found it difficult to plan to engage students that long. And this is the era when we still had VCRs—I was still buying music on cassettes—so showing a video clip to add some variety or depth was complicated. I had to go to Blockbuster and pray they had the movie I needed.
Not all schools adhere to the same scheduling systems. Block scheduling is a way of designing classroom schedules for students. It means that students will have fewer classes per day, but the subjects will be on a rotation. Block rotation is typically practiced more so in middle and high schools than in elementary school. This is because elementary schools generally have one teacher for all subjects and are not broken into periods.
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