Block Scheduling

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AP Calculus. AP English. AP Chemistry. Accelerated World History. Spanish. How could any student be able to focus with this whirlwind of such distinct classes? Block scheduling, which is a school schedule with three to four extended periods per day instead of the usual six or seven period school day, is a simple solution to this complex problem. Two common types include: the 4x4, where there are four ninety minute periods every day, so that one semester of classes adds up to year long instruction; and the alternate day schedule, where students attend three to four classes one day, and the next day they attend the other half of their assigned courses.This alternate schedule provides both teachers and students with extra time during periods, allows students to be able to focus on only a couple of subjects per night, and helps reduce the number of discipline problems and increase pupil attendance, clearly indicating that the implementation of block scheduling is essential in order to successfully advance the education of students. One thing block scheduling guarantees is time. Having this extended period of time advances the ways in which instructors teach and adolescents learn. It allows teachers to carry out lessons, activities, and explorations that they may not have had time for in the past, enriching students’ education further than a single powerpoint lesson would. Additionally, “teachers [spend] less time on procedures, routines, and management” (Queen), and the class can take more time to actually learn the material. Thus, by the time students leave the classroom, they have a complete understanding of the subject. Additionally, due to the increase of time, “learning climates [become] quieter, less stressful, less harried, and... ... middle of paper ... ... exams, creating their path to high achievement.. In retrospect, the enforcement of block scheduling is a principal element in creating a perfect school environment that allots teachers and students with necessary additional time during classes, decreases the workload of students and enables them to concentrate on only three or four courses per night, and erases many of the serious issues regarding the behavior and class attendance of adolescents in school. The sum of these three key components paves the way for students to study hard, get outstanding grades, be a stellar role model for others, and ultimately helps them to be successful during their high school career. Through both the ups and downs of block scheduling, teenagers are better prepared for the real world, and earn the tools for what it takes to be extraordinary in all their future endeavors.
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