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Topic: effective use of time in teaching/learning
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Howard L. Hansen

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Re: effective use of time in teaching/learning
Posted: Nov 13, 1996 7:25 PM
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I think it does matter in the sense that all of the block scheduling
schemes I have seen and including the one I now teach under, result in a
reduction in classroom time--e.g. Classes which meet every day for 50
minutes under an A day B day block schedule meet for 80-83 minutes every
other day. The result is about 50 minutes or one class period a week
less time for mathematics!
There are some good things about it, but on the whole I'd prefer a much
more flexible modular type scheduling--that is some days I'd like to
meet for maybe only 25-30 minutes, some days for 45-50 minutes, and of
course the 80 minutes are nice for activities, extended investigations,
I must however resist anything which reduces the already anemic amount
of time students spend in academic classrooms. Block scheduling would
be great if it were coupled with an increase in school days from 180 to
something more reasonable like 220 per year.
Just my two cents worth.

H^2 wrote:
> In a message dated 96-11-12 04:01:00 EST, (William
> Stork) writes:
> << Does block scheduling promote more effective learning at the secondary
> level?
> Thomas Struble's letter to the editor in the October 1996 Mathematics
> Teacher seems to idicate that learning effectiveness declines with the
> change to the block scheduling concept. Do you concur?
> Our department is currently discussing this very issue, and any comments,
> references, and insights from others would be most appreciated! >>
> How could it possibly matter. If the students are interested, and the
> teacher is flexible, scheduling irrelevant.
> Kent

Howard L. Hansen
Southeastern Jr./Sr. High School
Bowen, IL
"Good mathematics is not how many answers you know,
but how you behave when you don't know the answer."

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