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HMJB 2 Associates. H eather Connelly M indy Noxon J im LaFountain B eth Siegel-Graf B arbara Somers. Sheila Tebbano High School. Block Scheduling Proposal July 2003. Why?. “ Change in all things is sweet.” Aristotle

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hmjb 2 associates

HMJB2 Associates

Heather Connelly

Mindy Noxon

Jim LaFountain

Beth Siegel-Graf

Barbara Somers

sheila tebbano high school
Sheila Tebbano High School

Block Scheduling

Proposal

July 2003

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Why?

“Change in all things is sweet.”

Aristotle

“We cannot keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results.”

Albert Einstein

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Now…

The current academic schedule is built around forty minute periods. There are nine periods in the school day. One of these periods is a 40 minute lunch period.

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Currently, most students take six courses plus physical education. This accounts for seven periods in the day. The two additional periods are scheduled for lunch and study hall.

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study hall

Classes meet every day, and Regents science classes have an every other day lab period that alternates with physical education.

lunch

block scheduling goals
Block Scheduling Goals
  • Increase contact time between teachers and students
  • Increase opportunities for students to take more courses
      • Increase achievement of NCLB Standards
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Block I

Block II

Block III

Block IV

The September 2004 schedule for Sheila Tebbano High School will be built on 80 minute blocks or teaching periods PER DAY.

80 MINUTES

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Will teaching time be lost in an every other day schedule?

ACADEMIC CONTACT TIME

Current academic schedule

40 minute periods x 180 days equals 7200 minutes

Block schedule

80 minute periods x 90 days equals 7200 minutes

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Will science class and lab teaching time

be lost in an every other day schedule?

ACADEMIC CONTACT TIME

Current academic schedule

40 minute periods x 180 days equals 7200 minutes40 minute lab periods x 90 days equals3600 minutes

10,800 minutes

Block schedule

Science class meet 3 of 4 every 4 days (3 / 4 x 180 days = 135 days)80 minute periods x 135 days equals 10,800 minutes

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QUALITY MINUTES

Current schedule40 minute class (meets each day)- 4 DAYS: 3 minutes to start class / 2 minutes end of class = 35 minutes actual teaching time

---times 4 days equals 140 minutes out of 160 minutes quality teaching time

Block Schedule80 minute class (meets every other day)- 2 DAYS: 3 minutes to start class / 2 minutes end of class = 75 minutes actual teaching time ---times 2 days equals 150 minutes out of 160 minutes quality teaching time

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Music: reduce set up and take down time for instruments

Art: reduce set up, storage, and clean up time

Technology: reduce set up computer and equipment time (one specific example : Robotics -it takes 10-15 minutes to recalibrate robot arm through the programs line by line directions)

Family / Home Careers: reduce set up and clean up time)

Curriculum specific quality time gained through an 80 minute alternating schedule.

In each of these academic areas, the individual class set up and take down time is reduced through meeting every other day.

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A DAY

B DAY

C DAY

D DAY

Block I

Block I

Block I

Block I

Block II

Block II

Block II

Block II

Block III

Block III

Block III

Block III

Block IV

Block IV

Block IV

Block IV

Four Day Rotation Block Schedule

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A DAY

B DAY

C DAY

D DAY

Math

Math

English

English

French

French

Most classes will meet once every two days.

English

Block I

Block I

Block II

Block I

Block III

Block I

Block IV

Block I

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A DAY

B DAY

C DAY

D DAY

Math

Math

Physics

Physics

Physics

Science classes will meet three of four days.Physical Education one of every four days.

English

English

Block I

Block II

French

French

Block III

P. E.

Block IV

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A DAY

B DAY

C DAY

D DAY

Block I

Block II

Block III

Block IV

Sample Schedule

EngHLA II

Eng9

GlobalHist9R

Eng9

GlobalHist9R

French2R

French2R

Math1AB

Math1AB

Studio Art

StudyHall

Studio Art

StudyHall

E. SciR

E. SciR

E. SciR

P.E.

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BLOCK II

BLOCK III

With the block configuration, we can schedule one forty minute lunch between block 2/3 and one forty minute lunch between block 3/4.

LUNCH

LUNCH

BLOCK III

BLOCK IV

40 minuteclass

The other two lunch periods must occur during academic periods or what is called a split lunch session.

LUNCH

40 minuteclass

How will a block schedule affect lunch periods?

At the high school, our cafeteria will seat approximately 500 students. Our student population is over 2,000 students. We must serve lunch during four sessions.

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ADVANTAGES OF MOVING TO A BLOCK SCHEDULE

Instruction

  • In-depth study and exploration
  • An idea or concept gets to completion in one lesson
  • Student becomes more responsible for their own learning
  • Students tend to lead their instruction and teachers are facilitators
  • Active learning – as opposed to “recall and recite”
  • Classroom instruction will vary – teachers cannot rely just on lecture; need different instructional strategies
    • cooperative learning
    • role playing
    • modeling
  • Homework is consolidated – more quality opportunity
  • Preparation for college setting
  • Time management skills
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Instruction

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  • Technology – more integrated use with longer class periods
  • Studies indicate students have better GPA’s. More time for mastery
  • Benchmark measures like SAT, ACT, don’t improve - standardized tests results don’t really change
  • Four classes per day

Responsibilities of Students

  • Become organized
  • Homework assigned Monday is due Wednesday
  • Active learners – participate
  • Attendance - important
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Climate

  • Teacher/students get to know each other better – personalization
  • Less stress
  • More passing time
  • Less transition – 4-6 times movement vs. 9 times with current schedule
  • Less conflicts in hall – discipline referrals are reduced
  • Studies indicate students like Block Schedule
education week
EDUCATION WEEK:

“Surveys over the years have shown, for example, that students feel less stressed and that their grades go up when their classes are longer. Principals report that discipline improves when students spend less time in the hallways, moving from class to class. And more flexible scheduling often means that students can take more courses over their high school careers and quickly retake the ones they fail.”

maximum use of learning time
Maximum Use of Learning Time

Block Scheduling requires that:

  • Students will be engaged in focused active learning opportunities during instructional time and that instructional lessons be designed to engage students in structured learning for the entire 90 minute period
  • Administrators will limit interruptions of instructional time to ensure maximum learning time
  • District and school level administrators will revise school system and school level policies and procedures to ensure that they support extended instructional periods
parent student faculty and staff training
Parent, Student, Faculty and Staff Training
  • A communication plan will be devised to ensure that students, parents, and school staff are knowledgeable of the impact and timeline for the schedule change
  • All staff will participate in professional development to ensure that they are aware of the impact the schedule will have on the way they perform their job responsibilities and their impact on student performance
  • All certified staff will participate in professional development over a three to five year period to develop and refine teaching strategies to maximize student learning
      • Differentiated professional development modules will be designed to accommodate varied experience levels that allow flexibility in delivery
results
Results
  • Quieter
  • “Periods don’t seem longer”
  • “Days seem shorter”
  • Assembly- All classes meet
  • Projects get done
  • A learning place
references
References:
  • www.tolland.k12.ct.us
  • www.saratogaschools.org
  • Educational Programs and Services
contact us
Contact Us:
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  • 1-800-HMJ-B24U
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