Block Scheduling helps students and teachers
In two years, WCHS will be switching to a block schedule. Although some students have complained about the recent blocked days due to ISTEP, our future blocked schedule will help students and teachers.
WCHS needs to incorporate a block schedule because more time will improve instruction and improve student performance.
During the ISTEP blocked schedule, students were using more time to complete assignments in the classes they were not taking ISTEP and students were less stressed from the extra time given.
Principal Tom Zobel also said that Central 9 (C9) students are at a disadvantage due to being out of the building during days WCHS has a normal schedule. Zobel explained that there are many benefits to having a block schedule and that they can improve deadlines and cut back on overlapping lunches, long passing periods and time issues in classes that need more instruction including C9 Students needing forth period.
According to ncpublicschools.org, some advantages to a block schedule are that teachers have more time to give better delivery of instruction and connect with students on a more personal level, improving morale and attitude in classrooms. Teachers can go more in-depth on a certain topic and make personal connections during that class time. Instead of teachers having around 100 students a day, they would have about half of the students to learn the names of at the beginning of the year and more time to take a topic slow and learn how every student learns.
Overall, a block schedule is a better idea, yet there are downsides. Students may not retain information because they do not have the same classes every day, but they have time to go and get help and remediation during the week, so there should be no excuse for not understanding the material and completing work. Students’ grades can improve when they have a block schedule because they can focus on one thing for a longer period of time.
Students can forget information they learned if they don’t have the class every day and they may procrastinate doing homework. Students can avoid this by completing the homework the day they received it so that they have the information they need. Students can make sure they complete homework and worksheets on time with less to work on. It is the student’s responsibility to complete work and learn the material assigned to them. Teachers will also be trained over the next year on how to teach their students while having a block schedule.
Overall, block scheduling is a stronger way to organize school days for students and teachers, giving them time to breathe and relax to make sure they work hard and learn.
Longer classes lead to downfall in students’ grades
Walking into school on a Monday is depressing enough, but having almost two hour periods for a class makes it even worse. Block scheduling is ineffective and will harm students when WCHS adopts this system. Students will perform lower, waste time and there will be a lack of communication.
The schedule we have now is great; teachers have enough time to teach and answer questions. When blocked scheduling hits students, they will have a much harder time maintaining good grades because they’ll have to retain information from two days prior. Memorizing material is hard enough already.
“An advantage to non block scheduling is that teachers see each student every day which helps students retain and review information better. The daily student communication keeps minds energized and more focused on the classroom activities. Students have a better memory of classroom routines, such as remembering which materials to bring to class and the due dates of class assignments,” Dr. Nesa Sasser from Seattle Pi said.
Block scheduling also causes a lack in communication. For example, if a student has a question for their teacher, they would have to wait two days to get help instead of just the next. This would make it extremely difficult for students to get extra help they would need to be successful.
Another issue is with that long of a period, there will be down time, but no matter the class schedule setup, the courses must include the same curriculum. “(Block schedules) seem less effective and it seems as if we do not cover as much material,” said Ardmore High sophomore Skyler Sanderson in the Decatur Daily. Usually, when teachers give students work time, it’s more talk with your friends and be on your phone. With that long of a period, students aren’t going to focus on more work after already listening for over an hour.
According to the Learning Solutions Magazine, the amount of time someone’s brain can focus is around 20 minutes with some as low as five minutes. If students struggle focusing for 20 minutes, then they should not have to focus for 90 minutes.
Being absent already leads to make-up work and with block scheduling, it’ll make it worse. Missing one day would be like missing two days on a normal schedule,
While many are excited by blocked scheduling, it may not be the way of the future. “There is no evidence the block scheduling works. Two studies, one done in Canada and one completed in Texas, have some definite negatives to say about the Block Schedule,” according to Thought Co.
Switching to block scheduling will harm student’s grades, waste valuable learning time and make one absence into two.