How do you structure long block classes?

Discussion in 'General Education' started by Ms.Holyoke, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. curiouslystrong

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    Jun 12, 2012
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    Feb 8, 2018

    I teach junior high social studies and writing, so I don't know if all of this will be usable for another content area (particularly math), but I've taught blocks as long as 140 minutes and found these strategies/activities helpful for making the class period not feel like an eternity:
    • Individual and small-group conferencing
    • Brain breaks
    • Project-based instruction
    • Menus and playlists
    • Incorporating non-content-related activities, like goal setting or looking at/reflecting on their data (assignment grades, test scores, etc.)
    • Levels of autonomy system (gives students who can handle it more independence/freedom, so they feel less restricted and handle the long period better, and you can keep a better eye on the ones who might need help with not losing focus)

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