Block Schedule at the Middle Level
Winslow Junior High School, Winslow
1. How much training did you provide your staff to make this full implementation?
Winslow Jr. High made the switch 2 years ago. We had a few in service days with Chris Toy and Jill Spencer providing a lot of information on effective teaching practices. We did our own research and did some Share sessions.
2. How do you incorporate the Allied arts (Computer, art, health, PE, music) programs into the schedule?
Allied arts are also 80 minutes. They like it the most. Band does not lose time unpacking, tuning and packing instruments, PE does not lose time changing in Locker rooms, walking out to the fields, courts, etc. Art does not lose time preparing and cleaning paints, brushes, clay, etc...
3. Do you feel the longer blocks are conducive to better educational practice for this age group?
For most students it is. There are fewer transitions daily. The halls have less traffic, they only have homework in at most 3-4 classes daily rather than 6-7.
Maranacook Community Middle School, Readfield
How much training did you provide your staff to make this full implementation?
We have done block scheduling for 20 years, so it started prior to my coming to our school. I am not sure what the training was, other than research and visits to schools who were doing it (There were very few at that time).
How do you incorporate the Allied arts (Computer, art, health, PE, music) programs into the schedule?
We have a 4 block day and each team is scheduled for one of those blocks every day for 6 weeks.
Do you feel the longer blocks are conducive to better educational practice for this age group?
As a NELMS spotlight school, we are always open to having folks talk with us about any middle level topic and we love to have folks visit our school.