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Effective Block Classroom Instruction. Lincoln County High School John Fanning Supervisor of Secondary Education/Graduation Coach Jennifer Turpen Lincoln County Schools Academic Coach. Questions of the Day. What is block scheduling? Where did block scheduling originate from?

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Effective block classroom instruction

Effective Block Classroom Instruction

Lincoln County High School

John Fanning

Supervisor of Secondary Education/Graduation Coach

Jennifer Turpen

Lincoln County Schools Academic Coach


Effective block classroom instruction

Questions of the Day

What is block scheduling?

Where did block scheduling originate from?

Who is the guru of block scheduling?

Why did schools move to a block schedule?


Effective block classroom instruction

Highlights on Block

  • Decreases passing time between classes

  • Decreased time teachers spend beginning and ending classes

  • Increases time for instruction, cooperative learning, and activities that appeal to student’s learning styles and intelligences.

  • Focus shifts from the breadth of the curriculum to the depth of student knowledge


Robert canady

Robert Canady

  • Coined the term block scheduling twenty three years ago

  • Regret: Block Schedule vs. Intensive Schedule

  • Suggestion for teachers: Teachers should spend their days coaching instead of lecturing. A shift from talking all day to students to planning for students to work all day!


Canady s 3 step lesson plan

Canady’s 3-Step Lesson Plan

  • Lesson Plan Step One: Explanation

  • Lesson Plan Step Two: Application

  • Lesson Plan Step Three: Synthesis


The most important phase

The Most Important Phase?

  • A.Explanation

  • B.Application

  • C.Synthesis

    Answer____________________


Step 1 explanation

Step 1: Explanation

In this step, the teacher in in charge and on stage and lectures in a traditional teaching manner. Students are more passive; it’s the knowledge step on Bloom’s Taxonomy.


Step 2 application

Step 2: Application

This is the heart of teaching on the block and should take the most time. Students become the workers and the teacher becomes the coach. (A move from teacher center to teacher facilitator)


Step 3 synthesis

Step 3: Synthesis

“Never let a class end without a class understanding the essential elements.”

Robert Canady


Three part lesson design

Three-Part Lesson-Design

1.Explanation (20-25 Minutes)

  • Objective

  • Plan for the Day

  • Connections to Previous Learning

  • Homework Review

  • Teach New Material

    2.Application (40-45 Minutes)

    3.Synthesis (15-20 Minutes)

  • Assessment

  • Re-teaching

  • Connections and Relevance

  • Closure


Explanation phase

Explanation Phase

The Mini-Lecture

  • Keep it short

  • Use advance organizers

  • Give an opportunity for a class set of notes


Application phase

Application Phase

  • Cooperative Learning

  • Paideia Seminars

  • Laboratory

  • Simulation

  • Models of Teaching

  • Learning Centers

  • Technology

  • Content Area Literacy Strategies


Ideas for synthesis the six r s

Ideas for Synthesis: The Six R’s

  • Reflection

  • Review

  • Re-teach

  • Relevancy

  • Record Notes

  • Recall for Tomorrow


Presentation 20 25 min

Presentation (20-25 min)

  • Interactive Lecture

  • CD Rom

  • Video Disc

  • Videotape

  • Socratic Seminars

  • Inquiry

  • Direct Instruction

  • Directing Reaching/Thinking Activity

  • Etc.


Activity 30 35 min

Activity (30 – 35 Min)

  • Role Play

  • Simulation

  • Science Laboratory

  • Computer Reinforcement

  • Inside-Outside Circle

  • Writing Lab

  • Team Games

  • Roundtable

  • Learning Center

  • Pairs-Check

  • Etc.


Homework review 10 15 min

Homework Review (10-15 Min)

  • Inside-Outside

  • Pairs-Check

  • Team Interview

  • Roundtable

  • Think-Pair-Share

  • Etc


Designing lessons for block schedule with active learning strategies

Designing Lessons for Block Schedule with Active Learning Strategies

  • Homework Review (10-15 Min)

  • Presentation (20-25 Min)

  • Activity (30-35 Min)

  • Guided Practice (10-15 Min)

  • Re-teach (10-15 Min)

  • Closure (5-10 Min)


History lesson

History Lesson

  • TLW (Objective Posted)

  • Homework Review

  • Presentation (Lecture)

  • Activity/Assignment

  • Written or Reading Assignment

  • Review and Check

  • Reflection & Connection


Thought

Thought

When I die, I hope it’s during a lecture; the difference between life and death will be so small, that I don’t notice it!

- Anonymous Student


Thought 2

Thought # 2

Teaching in a block schedule is like eternity, and eternity is spent in one or two places.

- John Strebe


Question s

Question(s)

John Fanning

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Jennifer Turpen

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