Has it really been so long? My apologies! How time does slip away... That's the cry of every teacher, isn't it?
Do you prefer block scheduling (4 classes/day) or traditional scheduling (6-7 classes/day)?
Our county is changing graduation requirements, but in order to do so, they need to fit more classes into the schedule. They want to move to a modified block schedule that involves 7 classes year-round, meeting every other day, except for a specific day each week, where you will meet with ALL classes ...or something like that. To be honest, every time I hear about their ideas for "modified" block, it seems to change.
The main issue we teachers have with it is this: they will reduce our planning period and increase our prep. We will get an extra class (6)*, and if they have a modified block that means our planning periods will be every other day.
I attended high school on a block schedule 4x4...4 classes in the fall, 4 classes in the spring. I student taught on block schedule...I have taught 2 years now on traditional. I prefer block. This idea of modified block makes me want to tear my hair out, quite honestly. It is my plan to write a letter to our school board soon, voicing my support for block scheduling. It will be difficult not to ramble!
What's your opinion?
* see comments for further explanation. Sorry for the confusion!