This site is dedicated to the discussion of block scheduling as a choice to restructure secondary schools. While this site will discuss the advantages of block scheduling, the research section will discuss both the pros and cons of this issue.
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Last update May, 1997
About the developmental curator: David H. Vawter
I was a teacher in the Charlotte/Mecklenburg School System for nine years teaching Social Studies and coaching at a very progressive school named West Mecklenburg High School. Four years before leaving to continue my education in a doctoral program our school began to discuss changing our schedule to the block. We voted down a change to the Alternate A/B schedule that year. We continued to research the issue and the next year voted overwhelmingly to adopt a 4x4 semester plan. The change was one of the best experiences that happened in my teaching career.
Personally, the 4x4 block schedule changed my whole classroom:
|My student load was reduced from 150 students to 85
I gave more homework and classwork because I had students for long periods of time, more time to grade papers due to increased planning time, and had more grades in my grade book.
My students' grades went up.
I got to know my students better.
I called a much higher percentage of parents because of the fewer students and longer times to make those contacts.
I was only able to cover the exact number of units, but was able to do each topic in more depth.
Please feel free to contact me with your comments.
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