Those teaching a block schedule

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  1. trulyunic

    trulyunic Rookie

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    Do you give students a "break" of any kind within your class (brain break, PAT...) I have a 90 min block and I would love to hear what you do in your classes.

    Also, can you give a short outline of how a general class is structured for you? Example bell work, mini lecture, group work, extension etc etc

    Any other tips on teaching in a block would be great

    Mil gracias!
     
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  3. lucybelle

    lucybelle Connoisseur

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    Break? No way Jose! That "break" would turn into an unorganized, unstructured mess too quickly.

    I've always worked with 90 minutes classes. Now that I have 80 minute classes I'm always wondering where the time goes! You'll get used to it pretty quickly.

    I always start with a 10-15 minute bell ringer and usually try to close with a 5-10 min vocab activity.
     
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    I just break up the time into different activities, and try to break up lecture with group projects. At least once a block, I do some kind of activity that allows students to get up and move around.
     
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    Nope, no break. There aren't enough minutes in the semester as it is!

    I do like the others mentioned. I change around the activities to keep them from zoning out too much.

    Sometimes I will purposefully NOT hole punch handouts or NOT disperse the scissors just to have a reason why students need to get up and tend to something outside of their seat. I tend to do this on rainy, dreary days especially. The kids think I just forgot to do something but it was intentional ;)

    One time I was having to lecture for a long time due to a weird thing that happened that week at school. The kids were getting antsy. I had them all stand up and switch seats with the student opposite of them. They complained about their new seats and thought it was a stupid idea but they all woke up!
     
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    I had one 85 minutes class during my student teaching. We did brain breaks sometimes, but I don't think I would do it again. The biggest problem was they wouldn't stop asking for the breaks on days when we didn't have time to do them.
     
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    Ok thanks guys. Looks like I will stick to my plan of just mixing up the activities to give them variation
     
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    I agree with the others: no breaks! A few different activities to mix things up is the way to go.

    When I taught on the block, each period usually looked like this:

    Bellringer
    Quick review
    Intro new topic
    Large-group practice, usually a game or some sort of physical activity like Ladders or something
    Partner or individual practice
    Closure
     
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    No breaks where they can do as they please, unless it was really hot out. Then I'd send them out in groups of four to get water and use the restroom.

    I did change up what we were doing about every 20 minutes.
     
  10. Ima Teacher

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    Heck no! No breaks in my room. The closest thing to a break they get is when we transition from activity to activity, and that is quick and not "free time" either.

    I don't do anything for more than 20 minutes at a time. I try to break it up so they're not doing the same types of things day after day either.
     

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