Jennifer Kaplan wrote: > > Howard Hansen wrote: > >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. > > Howard, > > This statement is false. I teach on a modified block schedule. Each day > we have three 100 minute classes and one 60 minute class. Courses meet > every other day. I have crunched the numbers many times and we now have > more classroom time than we ever did under the traditional 7 period > schedule. > > Jennifer >
Jeesh Jennifer, I'm glad to now see a different scheme (but you really don't give much detail--how is lunch handled, was the school day extended when you went to block, etc.) 100 minutes? I think this much time in one class creates its own difficulties--what grade level are you working with? How is retention? How do you handle homework? Anyway, I don't think, if read carefully, that my original staement can in any way be claimed false. How could you possibly know which scheduling schemes I'd seen? Most of the literature on block scheduling supports the claim that the majority of block scheduling schemes result in a reduction in total classroom time.