On 5/14/15, M. Doornweerd wrote:
> With so much emphasis being placed on providing more "rigor" in
> the classrooms, one should infer that students will not be able to
> achieve this in a schedule that includes 8, or even 7 periods per
> day. Rigor is not necessarily the content that teachers are
> providing, but the end result that students are getting to....and
> this takes time! If there are more periods in a day, then they are
> clearly shorter periods. This will not allow enough time for
> teachers to foster deep discussion and encourage critical thinking
> about learning content. Students (and teachers) need less periods
> per day, so that students are more likely to delve deeper into the
> lessons, and thus insightful learning, and "rigor" will likely ensue.
> On 3/12/15, Even 7 is too many.. wrote:
>> 8 periods is insane, because the classes are too short to
>> do anything; kids in high school don't need to take 8
>> classes, either..that is expecting too much work from them.
>> On 10/31/14, Renee Clemmons wrote:
>>> Advice please! I need a list of pros and cons on the
>> topic of
>>> 7 periods a day versus 8 periods a day.
>>> Pros/Cons for teachers
>>> Pros/Cons for students
>>> My district is looking into moving to 8 periods a day.
>>> Thanks in advance!!
I agree that it is difficult to teach rigor in a short time span. I
would rather have students move to a block schedule so that
teachers are able to advance their students skills. I envision a
schedule with five periods a day. This will also allow teachers to
collaborate with each other and team teach. Subjects do not need to
be separated because teachers are capable of developing a lesson
that encompasses different subjects. The business world is a team
approach because they have meetings that they use to generate and
bounce ideas from one another. I think teaching can move to a team
approach and this will increase more rigor into the classroom.
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