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Topic: Block scheduling/UCSMP
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Ben Preddy

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Re: Block scheduling/UCSMP
Posted: Jul 3, 1995 7:31 AM
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>I teach at a public high school in Delaware. It has been decided that we
>will be teaching on an intensive block schedule (4 periods a day),
>starting in the 1995-96 school year. We currently use the UCSMP series
>of books.
>
>I am most concerned with the geometry course. Although proponents of the
>block schedule tell us that coverage is not as important as the depth of
>learning, the teachers whose courses follow mine depend on the students
>learning a certain amount of the material. Any suggestions on how to
>handle not only the geometry course, but also Algebra I-A (covers
>chapters 1-7), and Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry?
>
>


Marie,
My school, a suburban Philly H.S. will be going to a block
scheduled environment (85-minute classes). We are taking some time to
review material within each subject area, and how much of it we feel we
will be able to cover. We will begin to discuss between subjects what is
critical - i.e. for Geometry teachers, what algebra skills are needed, for
Algebra II teachers what Geometry skills are needed, etc. We use different
publilshers for each subject.
I am interested in how yolu will address the topic of guest
teachers("substitites"). What responsibilities will the regular teacher
have? (Lesson plans filed a week in advance? Packets of activities which
can be used throughout the course with rich content? What are the
responsibilities of the guest teacher? Certification in subject area?
Attendance at special workskop to be eligible?
Good luck. Let's help each other.
Ben







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