On 3/12/15, Cal-Kid wrote:
> On 10/31/14, Renee Clemmons wrote:
>> Advice please! I need a list of pros and cons on the topic
>> 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!!
> It takes time to pass between classes. So more time is wasted
> just passing. 7 passes x 5 min = 35 minutes for passing. If
> you did 7 passes x 4 min = 28 minutes.
> You have to take roll and get things ready and then clean up
> and end the period, more time taken from instruction.
> I have seen schools call lunch a period and they had two
> lunches so that was two periods. Leaving six classes.
> This could increase the length of the school day.
> Maybe they are adding some elective classes, study hall, PE
> or club activities or sports.
> How would Prep periods be assigned and would there be enough
> teachers to cover absent teachers when there are not enough
4x4 Block scheduling allows for kids to get in 8 classes in one
school year if that is your district's aim. 4 classes on
semester, 4 the next.
I cannot imagine being asked to teach Sciences with labs in a
schedule like the one being proposed with 8 periods. I can't
set up and break down labs that fast, the kids cannot get lab
instruction and complete a lab in the time allotted.
Instruction would suffer and the kids would be overloaded with
one more class to do homework for at the end of the day.
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