Elementary - 1hr+ blocks?

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  1. mathmagic

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    Out of curiosity, and to compare to what I have...for those of you in elementary, how many blocks of at least 1 consecutive hour do you have your students over the course of the week? For example, 9-10, then a 10-10:15 recess would be an hour-long block, but 9-9:40, then 9:40-9:55 recess would not be an hour-long block.

    For me, it's currently 8. (M, T, R, F - 2 each, 0 on Wednesday...though I could count 3 more, for a total of 11, if you count no-new-instruction time - i.e. intervention/enrichment block)
     
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    I have
    730 to 830
    830 to 930
    11 to 12
    12 to 100
    this is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

    Wednesday is
    730 to 830
    830 to 930
    11 to 12

    19 for the week.
     
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    I have at least two a day, sometimes three...

    8:30-10:00
    10:30-12:00

    Then Tuesday and Wednesday I have them from 1:45-2:45, and on Friday I have them from 12:45-2:45.
     
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    Thanks for sharing! Here's my times, rounded off (10:30-11 is the intervention/enrichment, or no-new-instruction block):
    M/T 11-12, 1-2
    W - none
    R - 8:30-10, 1-2 (10:30-11:30 if you include the no-instruction block)
    F - 8:30-10, 1-2

    So actually, it's either 8 or 9 in total for the week.
     
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    Every day except Thursday, I have 8:50-11:35 and 12:45-3:20. Thursdays I have 7:45-11:35 and 12:45-3:20.
     
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    I have three 90 minute blocks and one 45 minute block daily.
     
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    I have a two hour block every day. It's rough. I would much rather have it broken up by a very short recess.
     
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    We teach in 100 minute blocks - 3 classes of 33 minutes before a recess or dismissal. In one of those blocks we have a 33 minute planning period.
     
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    Just one two-hour block? No other blocks more than an hour? And what would be your ideal length?
     
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    I have
    9:30-11:30 every day
    1:30 2:30 every day

    smaller blocks
    8:00- 8:30 every day
    12:15-1:00 every day
    computer lab 1:00-1:30 every day
    2:30-3:00 M W F if I need it. I usually use this time for socialization.
     
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    8:20-10:50 daily
    1:05-3:15 3 days
    12:25-3:15 2 days
     
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    I think about an hour is perfect.
     
  14. mathmagic

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    I agree. I enjoy the 1-hr long blocks the best, as it fits almost every subject perfectly (though the longer chunks can be nice for certain other purposes). The numerous 30-40 minute blocks in the week are harder to deal with.
     
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    Each day:
    8:00-9:45
    9:45-12:00 (20/25 min lunch comes out at 11:10)
    12:20-2:05
    I wish so much that we could get a break between the 1st two rotations.
     
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    Our day is pretty much arranged in one hour chunks. Sometimes a lesson will take longer than that, but still, I think that having a break in the middle is important.
     
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    My schedule last year in gen ed was 8:50-10:50, 11:50-1:30, and 2:15-4:05. I broke up the time by doing short brain breaks during transition times.

    As a sped teacher this year, I teach 8:00-10:00 and 12:00-3:00, as do my gen ed counterparts. The afternoon can get pretty long, but the morning isn't bad. I'm really not used to having blocks of time that are only one hour or less. I don't think I would like that very much.
     
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    It's tricky/different in trying to best utilize it, especially with the myriad of transitions. My instructional blocks, looking at Monday, after transitions: 30/30/60/65/30. Wednesdays are 30/30/25/25!
     

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