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Topic: Block Schedule
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Marshall

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Block Schedule
Posted: Nov 13, 1997 12:08 AM
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At Portage High School, we switched to a block schedule this year.
Instead of 8 45 minute periods, we now have 4 90 minute blocks. Classes
are either "intensive", meaning they meet every day for half the year,
or "A/B", meeting every other day for the full year. All AP classes are
A/B.

So far, we love it. All levels of students seem to be doing better,
including the low and middle level student. The math, science, and
foreign language teachers have all adapted well and most report they are
further ahead than last year and that the students have learned the
material better. The biggest advantage seems to be a more relaxed
school day, so students and teachers are not stressing out.

I teach both AP Calculus (1st year) and AP Physics (4th year) and I love
it. The day off in-between gives students time to digest the
information and come in for extra help, not to mention they have two
days to get the homework done, which is especially nice for students
involved in athletic or other after school activities. The 90 minutes
lets me answer student questions without feeling rushed and also helps
build connections between concepts. I find I waste less time reviewing
previous material or giving work time. I teach for pretty much the
entire 90 minutes and have found very few students getting bored. Given
a choice, I will never go back.

James Marshall
physics/math teacher
Portage High School




Date Subject Author
11/13/97
Read Block Schedule
Marshall
8/6/98
Read 90 Minute Block Schedule
Brad Schottle

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