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Topic: How long are your classes?
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Re: How long are your classes?
Posted: Sep 24, 2013 9:00 PM
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I am glad you pointed out the difference in time frame for middle school vs. high school. Middle school teachers who are teaching the accelerated students the new common core algebra are really in a pickle because typically periods in a middle school are shorter. Compound that with typically middle schools have less instructional days due to assemblies, team trips, etc along with the need for the 8th graders to ALSO learn the 8th grade common core curriculum and be tested on it - absolutely insane!


Elizabeth Waite
AMTNYS Coordinator of Reps

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From: Evan Romer <>
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Sent: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 6:12 pm
Subject: Re: How long are your classes?

MS: 38 minutes
HS: 40 minutes

Many years ago when there was discussion of reducing HS periods to 39 minutes, the physics teacher pointed out while that seems like a change too minor to even notice, it's like cutting a week off the school year:

5 minutes a week, times 40 weeks = five 40-minute periods.

Evan Romer
Susquehanna Valley HS
Conklin NY

On Sep 24, 2013, at 12:49PM, Steven Fenton wrote:

I would like to do a brief survey - if you could reply to this message letting me know how long are your individual classes. My school is the midst of decreasing our classes to 39 minutes in the next couple of weeks. I remember our classes in the past being as long as 45 minutes, but as the years pass each administration is putting something more into our schedules decreasing instructional time ( for instance my school has a 40 minute lunch - 20 minutes to eat and then 20 minutes free time in the gym). With common core module lessons being a stated 45 minutes in length - how are schools with less time handling not being able to cover all topics? Thank you for your input.
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