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Re: Block Scheduling Issues
No matter what skill level, expecting concentration for the entire 90 minutes (even with a "seventh inning stretch" in the middle of the period) is futile. Middle school students cannot maintain their focus that long--adult teachers have a hard time with this...remember in-service experiences?. Every other day schedules are worse around three day weekends. I worked with this schedule for a number of years. I ended up with having to select the easiest Grade 1 literature to have it taught and learned by the first week of March. I even had Saturday morning rehearsals to compensate for the lack of rehearsal time.
My school is thinking about going to block scheduling and most of the teachers are on board with it.
I might be at the losing end of this battle (its not a negative environment, I like my administration a lot), but I want to have the best case available to make. What case against block scheduling should I be making?
If I do get block scheduling next year, what factors should I consider in being a part of it?