>If teachers were lecturing for 90 minutes, then they had NO concept of >what block scheduling is about! In order for it to succeed (we >implemented it in our high schools last year), activities must be >broken up into 20 to 30 minute segments to avoid boredom. I would >lecture for 20-30 minutes, followed by desk or board work by my >students. After that, I'd either re-teach the topic if necessary, or, >go on to the next topic and give homework.
>Andrew Thall >Laredo, TX
I agree completely. Having taught on the 90 block schedule at high school for three years now, I love it in spite of the shortcomings.
In order to give the students a complete course, you must plan your time. You cannot "wing" a 90 minute class.
The block allows flexibility to explore topics in more depth than the traditional clss time.
The students like the fact that they have two days to complete assignments on our schedule and can plan around activities or get help after attempting the assignment the first night and complete it the next.
I'm sorry to see the initial research is not positive, because the students and teachers at our school (except for band and foreign language) love this schedule.