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Effective Teaching in the Block: Introduction

What Is Block Scheduling?

What is Block Scheduling?
Block scheduling provides a longer period of instructional time to enrich student learning and to enable a deeper instructional focus. In a block of time, students get a chance to rehearse new learnings through a variety of instructional tasks and assessments. Teachers get a chance to know students on a deeper level, and are afforded more time for clarification, enrichment, and reteaching.

Source: Gregory, G., & Herndon, L. E. (2010). Differentiated instructional strategies for the block schedule. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Why Is Block Scheduling Beneficial?

Research indicates that teaching students in as extended time period provides adequate time for teachers to: undefined

  • get to know their students better
  • introduce and reinforce concepts to be learned in a single class period
  • use cooperative learning strategies
  • allow students to effectively use technology
  • accommodate for individual learning styles
  • promote student inquiry as a method for achieving greater understanding
  • provide more hands-on activities for students
  • conduct labs that focus on in-depth learning experiences

Sejnost, Roberta L. (2009). Tools for teaching in the block. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

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