In a typical 5-day schedule, the classes meet for 50 minutes, not 60, and they only meet for 176 days, not 180. 176 days X 50 min/day = 8800 minutes.
If your classes only meet for 45 minute periods, then the two are equivalent.
We are adopting a schedule where the mathematics classes will meet for 70 minutes twice a week and 45 minutes twice a week. I'm excited about having a couple of longer periods. We like to have the students create and analyze data. With our current 50 minute period, it takes two days to get this done. Now we can start and experiment and finish it in the same day.
I would like to ask those who are currently on some sort of block schedule how they handle tests. Do you give the students the full period to complete the exam or part? If part, which part: first or last? Or does this vary?
Ron Vavrinek Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Math Team Leader 1500 W. Sullivan Road firstname.lastname@example.org Aurora, IL 60506 (708) 907-5964
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