Block scheduling – attention and retention. How to structure?
My Algebra 1 honors students were all given 100 minute (!?!) every other day (!?!) periods with me last year and again this upcoming year. <span style=”color: inherit; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit;”>I want to craft some potential “class period outlines” that will keep their attention and engagement while including some much needed spiraling.</span>
I have only really seen / tried your traditional class outline of bellwork, notes, practice. I am proud of some collaborative activities I’ve given, though the message is still “get the problems done (correctly) so you can be completed for the day. If not, it is homework.” Lose-lose.
I REALLY want to change this for many reasons. However, I feel muddled when it comes to logically and productively structuring an entire 100 minutes that includes discovery-based learning through good problems and tasks, and collaborative structures. What I am asking for are some suggestions or experience with a potential outline of anyone’s blocked secondary class period. I realize each day we will adapt to the needs of the students and the content, but I want to see a roadmap before I decide which detours to take!