As a general rule, the classes are small with a lead teacher and at least one support teacher at all times. If a student is assigned to a self-contained classroom, the student will usually spend a majority of their day in a self-contained classroom. Some students simply need a smaller group in which to learn and thrive, moreover, some students need the extra attention to grow and succeed. “Self-contained classes are not inherently non-academic, and can be a great place for kids who need space or quiet beyond that which is feasible in general education. For some children, the day to day noise of even a quiet classroom, even with appropriate accommodations, can interfere with learning” (Landmeier, 2017). Although both necessary and beneficial to many students, the self-contained classroom is not without its
Why Block Schedules Are Beneficial to High School Students I currently attend a class at Northwest Vista College, which is two days of the week and is and seventy-five minutes long. This class is more difficult than any other class I have, yet I have higher success in this class than
65% of the same students interviewed think a college-like schedule would benefit, with free times and block periods. This would allow students to take in one subject at a time instead of back to back classes. A more flexible school schedule allows for a more independent student life that gives them the time to complete work or take a break.
Have you ever thought about how a mandatory study hall would affect the study bodies grades? Well having a time for talking to the teaching, talking with other students, and studying may improve higher test scores. Taking time to understand the lesson and thoroughly study will make the learning pace
School materials will also be less pricey. Switching classes is positive because teachers have the opportunity to focus on one subject, materials needed are less costly and each teacher has more time to plan lessons. Children will be ready, early on, to switch classes in middle school and high school. These kids will know the procedure to switch classes, rather than entering middle school and not knowing the way that they should switch classes. Switching classes also give kids responsibilities to get to a certain place, at a certain time and they will truly need to learn this responsibility for the rest of their
Block schedules present both disadvantages and advantages, particularly in regards to a class like Advanced Composition. Block scheduling is just one of many pieces of the puzzle of school reform. Many schools across America are transitioning over to block scheduling. In order for block scheduling to succeed, students and teachers have to be willing to work to achieve the same academic goal of brilliance. If schools want to produce good writers, they need a block
My school paradigm is a learner; others may be vacationers or prisoners. Choosing to be a learner and not a prisoner has greatly affected me. By being a learner in middle school into high school I have enjoyed school more than a prisoner. I receive the advantage of straight A’s and am also learning more than those who don’t want to be there and hurt themselves and their grades by having that attitude. In order to become a learner, I try to be engaged in class and listen to what we are told to do. When I chose to study for my math quiz last year, I got an A on it while everyone else who did not study or try got a B or a C. Many people regretted their decision to not study, but I did not because I knew this class mattered since it was Algebra 1 and would transfer to high school with me. Being a learner and not a prisoner has helped me think positively about school rather than negatively. This matters because I want to graduate, go to a good college
Many people who know me know that I am a triplet. Yes, a triplet one of two boys and one girl. Fortunately for everyone, we are not identical. Growing up we where the A-team. If one of us did not get what we wanted the other two would throw a fit, we had each other’s back. We had our own language that not even a translator could translate, if one of us caused a scene in class the other two did as well. Being one of three meant that we experienced every new experience together, without any older siblings to give us advice; we had to figure out the hardships of life for ourselves. We each teach each other through the mistakes and accomplishments we made along the way. Many think that being a triplet is cool, awesome, and above all the least bit
What is your least favorite class, the one you dread most? Picture yourself walking into that class, taking a seat, and watching the clock move slowly as you suffer through the next 90 minutes. Yes, you read that correctly. Imagine being stuck in your least favorite class for an hour and a half! This is a reality that many high school students experience every day. It is block scheduling. “Unlike traditional bell schedules - which typically comprise six to eight class periods per day, lasting anywhere from 45 to 60 minutes - block schedules contain just four daily class periods, with each one lasting an average of 90 minutes” (Block Scheduling in Schools 1). Although designed to increase student achievement, block schedules carry a number of disadvantages that make them an inadequate method for offering high school students a successful learning environment. Despite its few benefits, block scheduling works in direct conflict with most human attention spans, creates more scheduling problems than it solves, and lacks any solid evidence of improving student learning. In a world where educational practices come and go, block scheduling is a fad that should never have arrived in the first place.
According to a U.S. News report, the top two schools in California are Whitney High School and Stockton Collegiate International Secondary School. When I looked over their schedules, I found that both of these schools follow a block schedule and, while it may seem like a distant goal, these schools represent the possible advancement of the LCHS district if given the opportunity to explore the block schedule. Dr. Nesa Sasser of the Hearst Newspaper, recently wrote an article about the benefits and downfalls of the block schedule. She wrote that, by starting a block period schedule, teachers will be able to plan lessons more effectively, connect with their students on a deeper level, and there will be better time management. During block periods, teachers become less limited in how they plan their lesson. They are able to go in depth about concepts that are important and are given time to give examples to further the students’ comprehension of these topics. Using these examples, teachers are then able to see where the class is falling short, and reteach confusing lessons, allowing for a greater understanding of the overall subject. By decreasing the amount of classes per day, students would then be able to focus on the homework they are given for their next classes, reducing the amount of homework they have to complete and the information that needs to be learned for that specific night. Students will also be able to go to sleep earlier, increasing overall health and focus during class, providing long term
Well I’ve almost survived the first whole month of this journal but I dunno if I can do it much longer. It is just doesn’t seem like me and makes me think about a lot of depressing things that I’ve gone through. I grew up through the time I worked
Financial benefits are one of the first things you look at when looking for a job. There are many questions that people think of when thinking about financial benefits. Many questions that commonly bounce around high school athletic directors are about starting salary, health insurance, work
Throughout my senior block experience, I have been in three different classrooms, with many different students. Each student possessed unique qualities that have taught me better communication skills and relationship building. Three specific students were John, Jacob, and Justin (for the confidentiality of the students, I have changed their names).
X-block and Advisory are the only “classes” that I believe students shouldn't really have. It can cause some conflict between students and teachers. It makes the teacher get frustrated and upset with the students which leads to yelling.
In a time of self discovery and new found independence one must have that place or places that they retreat to in times of struggle to feel comfortable and process events that have occurred. I hope that all of the Freshmen have found at least one place where they reflect and un wind. I am lucky enough to have found a few places that are very important to me and they are the Delta Upsilon Fraternity house, Lagomarcino Hall, and the Library. These three places are where I spend the most time and they are where I feel most comfortable.