Advantages And Disadvantages Of Block Scheduling

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However old you are, picture yourself sitting in a classroom, 16 years old. You have countless things on your mind and school is probably the second to last. Now imagine instead of only sitting there for 45 minutes, you have to sit in that class for 90 minutes straight. For many years, teenagers would go to school in the morning for 6-8 periods, and 45 minutes per a period. Now things are changing. Schools are starting to adopt a block schedule, which is 3-4 periods a day and an hour and a half per period. Although the block schedule provides more time for students to complete their work, this type of scheduling does not truly benefit learning due to the issues students have when school is missed, retention problems, and students limited attention span. Admittedly, 90 minutes provides students an immense amount of time to complete their work to avoid homework; however, studies show many more problems arise due to absences under the block schedule rather than under the traditional schedule. Making up missed work is difficult enough as it is. ¨But when a student misses one day of classes under block scheduling, the student misses the equivalent of two days of instruction under the traditional system. A weeklong absence means the student misses two weeks of material¨ (Block Scheduling: A Solution or a Problem?, Education World). This shows a student 's education gets harmed twice as much as it would under the traditional schedule. This information is important because it shows
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