>Hello > >I read your note about block scheduling that you posted to the list for >ap-calculus. It was much more negative than others that I have read. I >currently teach at a school that is not on block but more and more >schools in our district are electing to change to a block schedule. The >design is 4 by 4 which means that a class meets for 90 minutes every day >for only one semester and a student can earn 8 credits in a school >year. The only exception is AP courses which meet 90 minutes every day >or the entire year. I am curious to know what type of block schedule >your school uses. > > So you detected a note of negativism in my comments ??? Absolutely correct! I am totally against anything that diminishes the education of young people and currently nothing does more damage to the students than block scheduling.
We use a 4X4 block of 90 minutes each. BUT, AP courses only meet every other day. If we met every day there would be less concern. Algebra II also seems to be hit fairly hard due to the daily consolidation of topics. The students will take a chapter test and on the same day have to start the next chapter. I recall that when I prepped vigorously for a test that after the test my brain was "tired" ... definitely not ready to start a new topic. My students tell me they feel the same way ... guess what ... they don't remember hardly anything after the test.
The "average" and "math-challenged" kids are hurt even more. In desparate need of daily reinforcement their cumulative knowledge of math and attitude toward it reaches a new low. BUT, it is great for administrators and school districts for PR purposes ...
Good Luck and may common sense be restored to math education in the near future.