>>> "Craigs3210@aol.com" - 2/25/98 9:22 AM >>> >It would be interesting to see if the block scheduling will >allow you to get through all of the material. We currently have block >scheduling but not for calc so I see my kids 45 min each day. I can see >block scheduling being discussed for calc in the future so this way I can >have some insight as to whether it is good/bad and works/doesnt work. > Thanks >Craig Savitsky >Manchester Twp High School >Lakehurst NJ
I taught an AB class in a block schedule (86 minute classes, 16 weeks) for the first time last Fall. I enjoyed it. I was able to cover all the material, and comprehension appeared better than other years. Our challenge is managing the almost 5 month delay until the test in May. I have several well-meaning students who plan to review and prepare, but they will find themselves plenty busy this Spring. We are going to meet regularly for review in March and April, however I expect test performance will drop. And while that won't look so good on paper, I wonder if it will weed out students who used to pass the test because it was fresh in their minds, but who may not have truly "learned" it (I'm not ready to jump into the learning vs. memorization thread).
That's my first year's experience, so far, in a block schedule.
Cory Boyce Academy of the New Church Bryn Athyn, PA