less periods that are longer or......

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  1. teacherguy111

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    more periods that are a lot shorter.

    Which would you prefer? At my current school we have 1 hour 45 minute periods. We only have 3 periods per day though. I think I would prefer to have 6 classes that are half of that length.

    I teach English and reading can take up some of the length but I still think I would prefer to have much shorter periods where I can try and keep the kids attention for the whole time.

    What do you guys think?
     
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  3. MissCeliaB

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    I would like to have seven or eight periods a day instead of block periods. This is entirely selfish, but it's because I would like a planning period everyday.
     
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    I've taught on both types of schedules. I prefer more shorter classes than fewer longer classes.
     
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    I like more shorter classes from a teaching perspective, but I am not sure what is better from an educational perspective.
     
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    More periods, shorter.
    I've done both block schedule and a 6 (and 7) period day, and except for occasional topics that take longer to work on, more and shorter periods are much better - I'd love to see all of my kids every day, for one hour per period!
     
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    When a girl I know was in school went from 6 classes to block... she liked the shorter classes...
     
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    I definitely prefer seeing every period every day for a shorter time. The younger kids are so burnt out by the end of a 90 minute period.
     
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    I prefer longer periods with teaching only three classes per day. I love my long planning period and I can't imagine have MORE classes each day with LESS time to plan.
     
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    I have only ever experienced days with short periods
     
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    Shorter. Even if it meant teaching more classes and students.

    I teach 95 minute blocks and it is torture - for me and the kids.:lol:
     
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    I like seeing my kids every day, even if it means the periods are shorter. It means I can build up steam-- there's a rhythm and continuity that is harder to maintain when you skip a day.

    We have a 9 period day. Classes, on a day with no assemblies, are 38 minutes with 4 minutes of passing time.

    Kids typically take 7 subjects (math, English, History, religion, Science, language, special--phys ed, art, music) with a study hall and a lunch period.
     
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    Last year we had "color" days, so classes alternated depending on the day. There were 4 periods per day which each lasted 90 minutes. This year we have 7 40-minute periods per day on MWF. We have 90 minute blocks of odd periods on Tuesday and of even periods on Thursday.

    I prefer the shorter periods because I don't have to host the same kids for a seemingly unbearable amount of time (this goes for my most challenging classes). The only disadvantage is that I have to plan carefully for lab activities; I can't do them on any day like I could last year.
     
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    Sounds great to me.

    At my school, the Math and English teachers dictate the length of the class periods and they stated last year that 60 minutes was not enough so now some class periods are 95 minutes.
     
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    When I was in MS, we were divided into colors to determine who our teachers were. It was to reduce class size or something.
     
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    We have 4 85-min periods per day with teachers teaching 3 periods per day and we see our students every other day. I LOVE my schedule. I teach only World 2 on one day and only US His on the other. Plus, because my planning falls during the lunch period every day, I get a KILLER planning period daily.

    And to be completely honest, I am very happy to only see my kids every other day. There are some students that I need that mantra of "48 hours until I have to see you again" to get through the class. :p
     
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    My classes are 65 minutes long and I love it! I teach four classes a day, have a 30 minute "intervention" class, along with a 65 minute planning period. My class that falls during lunch period is a bit longer, but that works out for more enrichment for those students. I wouldn't have it any other way.
     
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    This seems like a nice compromise!

    I have an hour for each subject. If I had my druthers we'd have longer for Reading/Writing and slightly shorter for everything else. It just takes longer. An hour is perfect for Math, Science, and Social Studies.
     
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    When I was in HS, we had Maroon days and White days (our school colors) on a block schedule. As a teacher I have only had more periods that were generally 45 minutes long. I much prefer the shorter periods.
     
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    We have 8 46-minute periods 4 days a week, 8 40-minute periods 1 day a week (teacher meeting time in morning). I have 7 classes and 1 planning period each day

    I feel like I launch, fly, and land, lauch, fly, land, launch fly, land 7 times a day. It is exHAUSTing.

    If I (or my students) run into laptop problems, I feel like I blow a class period (I don't, it's just that losing 3 or 4 minutes REALLY matters in a 46 minute class).

    I did block (95 minutes) during student teaching. It seemed WAAAAY less hectic.

    I would love to have class periods that lasted 60ish minutes.
     
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    Seems like most people like shorter periods and more classes. Classes at my school are a semester long and so I see them every day for about an hour and 45 minutes.
     

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