block scheduling

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  1. teachmemath

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    I will be teaching at a school that has block scheduling. What is block scheduling? How many classes do you teach a day when there is block scheduling? How much time do you have for planning and lunch? Do you still have to do duties such as lunch or hallway duty? I just need a little clarification from teachers with experience on this topic.
    Have a great summer!!! :)
     
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    When I was in high school we had block 8 scheduling (this may be different than what you are inquiring about). It ran where there would be four classes a day (total of 8 classes) that would alternate, so one day you would have four classes and the next you would have four different classes. I think they lasted about 80 minutes a period. We had no study hall because the thought was that you would have time to finish assignments in class; however, teachers were always trying to cover double the material of a normal school day so there wasn't normally much time for homework in class. Teachers still only had a 30 minute lunch break and had to supervise a homeroom right before lunch. To my knowledge, only the PE teachers ever worked lunch duty. Teachers had one planning period a day, so they taught 3 classes a day.
    I'm sure this is different for different schools but hopefully this will give you an idea of how block schedule runs. I think the most important thing to do with block scheduling is be sure to vary your activities during a class period. There was nothing worse than sitting through a class where the teacher lectured for 80 minutes straight!! Good luck and I hope that this helped!!
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    When I did my student teaching we were on block schedule. Our school started at 8. The first class ran from about 8-9 20. So about 80 minutes.We had 3 classes, and 1 planning period that was the same amount of time as a regular class. So the students actually had 4 classes a day. We still had lunch duty and hall and bus duty. Hope this helps!!!
     
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    Only a few of the schools around here are on block schedules, but they have 3 classes a day, for a total of 6 classes. I think each period is closer to 2 hours, (a normal period in that district is 55 minutes). I'm not sure about prep periods, how that works. I do think the teachers have to do the normal duties expected of them.
     
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    thank you so much for all the information. This has been helpful :)
    I will be teaching for 80 minutes with a A/B schedule.
     
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    I used to be in a "modified 8 block." (alternating days) I loved it.

    Then I saw this website:

    http://www.jefflindsay.com/Block.shtml

    You may want to check it out. I am pretty much against the whole idea now.
     

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