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PCHS Block Scheduling Workshop . July 26, 2012. Welcome. Connections Never Have I Ever… Movement in the block schedule. Pros/Cons. Con: Ninety minutes is a lot of class time. Pro: Ninety minutes is a lot of class time.
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PCHS Block Scheduling Workshop July 26, 2012
Welcome • Connections • Never Have I Ever… • Movement in the block schedule
Pros/Cons • Con: Ninety minutes is a lot of class time. • Pro: Ninety minutes is a lot of class time. • C:The temptation is there to simply combine two lessons to stretch from bell to bell. • P: Students can read a work during class and have time for discussion/questions. • C: Student attention spans will not last ninety minutes. The brain can only absorb what the rear can endure. • P: Students can practice group and individual skills all in one session. • C: Irrelevant activities planned to “fill time” must be avoided. • P: Teacher can conference with students, students can peer edit, etc.
What does my classroom look like? • Good News • Starter (writing/reflection prompt; critical thinking; I Heard, I Noticed, I Wondered; Editor-in-Chief) • Launch lesson • Group work/individual work/share-out • Closure/exit ticket (index cards, post-its, etc.) These are useful for informal formative assessment to guide pacing.
Sample Lesson • Advertising PowerPoint(s)
Brain Breaks • Double, double, this, this • Thumbs up and shoot • Gotcha • Say 21 • Slap & spell • Do this, do that
Movement w/in content area • Amnesia • Active discussion • Gallery walk
Non-negotiables of block scheduling • Plan multiple activities (vary skill sets) • Plan individual AND group tasks • Daily review (can often incorporate as starters) • Time management • Facilitate, don’t dominate
Resources • readwritethink.org • webenglishteacher.com • teachablemoment.org • successfulpractices.org