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Making Block Scheduling Beneficial in a Four Track School. Presented by Jim Gniadek & Dawn Ruff. Jim Gniadek Undergrad from St. Xavier University Currently working on ESL endorsement 11 years with Chicago Public Schools 5 years at a four track school

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introducing
Jim Gniadek

Undergrad from St. Xavier University

Currently working on ESL endorsement

11 years with Chicago Public Schools

5 years at a four track school

Introduced & implemented block scheduling in 7th grade

Reading & math instructor

Rochelle Lee grant recipient

Dawn Ruff

Undergrad from Eastern Illinois University

Masters degree in Reading from St. Xavier University

14 years with Chicago Public Schools; 2 years private schools

3 years at a four track school

Introduced & implemented block scheduling in 7th grade

Reading & English instructor

Rochelle Lee grant recipient

Currently Instructional Facilitator

Introducing…
how can block scheduling be implemented at your school
How can block scheduling be implemented at your school?
  • You will need the following:
    • Common prep and lunch times for grade level and two 90 minute blocks scheduled per day
    • Departmental program needs to be scheduled on the same track-(example: Our 7th grade is all on Track A and our 8th grade is all on Track B)
    • Teachers must be certified to teach in their content areas (Math, Science, English, Social Studies)
    • Team effort and collaboration
    • The following makes block scheduling possible:
mini courses and block scheduling
Mini-Courses and Block Scheduling
  • Often referred to as Prep or Specials
  • Ancillary and Classroom Teachers collaborate to maximize learning and practice
  • Students receive a four week intensive course in one of the following:
    • Learning Technology
    • Gym/Health
    • Library
    • Writing Lab
    • Art
      • Course changes monthly when tracks change
chicago public schools statistics
Chicago Public Schools Statistics
  • 623 Elementary Schools
    • 15 of which are year round
    • 5 multi-track
    • 10 single track
  • 115 High Schools
    • All on traditional calendar
  • Total enrollment of 420,982 students
socorro sandoval school 5534 s st louis chicago il 60629 773 535 0457
Socorro Sandoval School 5534 S. St. LouisChicago, IL 60629773-535-0457

Background Information

  • Enrollment
  • 96.2% Hispanic
  • 2.6% Caucasian
  • 0.5% African-American
  • 39.6% ELL (English Language Learners)
  • 96.3% attendance rate
  • 92.1% Low income
  • 26.4% Mobility rate
7 th grade morning schedule
7th Grade Morning Schedule
  • 8:55 - 10:20 Reading with homeroom
  • 10:20-11:00 Prep (4 week mini-courses)
  • 11:00-11:10 Homeroom
  • 11:10-11:30 Lunch
7 th grade block schedule monday thursday
Monday/Wednesday

11:40-1:10

107-Math

117-Science

127-Social Studies

137-English

1:10-2:40

107-English

117-Social Studies

127-Science

137-Math

Tuesday/Thursday

11:40-1:10

107-Science

117-English

127-Math

137-Social Studies

1:10-2:40

107-Social Studies

117-Math

127-English

137-Science

7th Grade Block Schedule Monday-Thursday
friday schedule students and teachers dread this day
11:40-12:25

107-Science

117-English

127-Math

137-Social Studies

12:25-1:10

107-Math

117-Science

127-Social Studies

137-English

1:10-1:55

107-Social Studies

117-Math

127-English

137-Science

1:55-2:40

107-English

117-Social Studies

127-Science

137-Math

Friday Schedule…Students and teachers dread this day!
typical math block
Typical Math Block
  • 20 minutes-correct homework and review missed problems.
  • 30 minutes-Present new lesson with 10-15 minutes of guided practice on overhead.
  • 30 minutes-Assign and complete in-class assignment.
  • 10 minutes-Correct in-class assignment and assign homework.
  • Group work:
    • Skills Tutor
    • partner quizzes
    • daily cumulative review problems
    • problem of the day.
  • Math short response and extended response practice using T-chart
    • Whole Class
    • Small Group
    • Partners
    • Individual
typical english block
Typical English Block
  • Word of the week…introduce a new word
    • Partner work using the 4-square
  • Scope Magazine (Scholastic) plays, writing activities, grammar practice, vocabulary practice
  • Skills tutor groups use the internet practice program
  • Grammar Lessons
    • Review and correct homework
    • Students learn a new lesson
    • Assign homework
  • Journal Writing…students respond to a prompt and share responses
  • Writing Workshop…work on different types of writing
  • Extended Response
  • Using graphic organizers
typical science block
Typical Science Block

START OF CLASS PROCEDURE

  • More class time to do work means less work that has to go home!
  • Read the Daily Science Trivia and copy into your science journal. The Daily Science Trivia is located on the board with the use of the overhead.
  • If an assignment is due, turn it in the tray for your class period. Write down the homework in your agenda.

INDIVIDUAL WORK PROCEDURES

  • Students will be assigned to skills tutor.
  • Students will be assigned Timed Reading Plus Stories.
science cont d
Science Cont’d

GROUP WORK PROCEDURES

  • Some of our work is group work
  • QUIET talking is allowed during group work.
  • If materials or supplies are needed during group work, someone will be assigned to get supplies. Only one person from each group is allowed out of their seats at a time.
  • Activities and demonstrations are presented at this time. A discussion of the objectives are discussed while students take notes.

END OF CLASS PROCDEURE:

  • Begin to clean up and put materials away only AFTER you have been given instructions to do so. DO NOT get ready to leave early.
  • Put ALL supplies, materials, and equipment back in the appropriate place.
  • Clean up any trash; wipe down your desk if needed.
  • Remain in your seat until you are dismissed.
sandoval assessments
Sandoval Assessments
  • Low Stakes
    • Learning First
      • CPS mandated
    • STEP Assessment
      • Curriculum driven
    • Skills Tutor
      • Internet based practice & assessment
  • High Stakes
    • Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
      • State Mandated
      • CPS promotion tool
what does assessment have to do with block scheduling
What does assessment have to do with block scheduling????

During the 90 minute blocks curriculum is

based on…

  • Data driven instruction
  • Lessons are built on results from STEP and Learning First data
  • Curriculum must align to standardized tests to ensure student success
  • Intersession tutoring
  • Writing Lab (Prep)
  • Skills Tutor student practice
putting it all together
Putting it all together…
  • Students love block scheduling…more time to focus, work together in groups, not rushing to beat the clock or get through a lesson…many students have commented, “It’s time to go already?”
  • Teachers find block scheduling less stressful…able to present a lesson, give an assignment in class to check understanding and still time to review before the block is over.
websites
Websites
  • Chicago Public Schools

www.cps.k12.il.us

  • Sandoval School

www.sandoval.cps.k12.il.us

  • Skills Tutor

www.myskillstutor.com

  • Illinois State Board of Education

www.isbe.net

contacts
Contacts:
  • Dawn Ruff:

druff@sandoval.cps.k12.il.us

  • Jim Gniadek: jgniadek@sandoval.cps.k12.il.us