Block Scheduling refers to scheduling more extended class timings for a particular subject. It is different compared to the six-seven periods of 40–50-minute approach that has been generally followed in many educational institutes. Many subjects are taken up subsequently in the latter method instead of focusing on a few.
Many educationists have propagated the use of block scheduling in teaching methodology. Here, longer duration of classes, say 60-90 minutes, are scheduled. They are dedicated to one subject, and the total number of periods in an overall day decreases.
With the increase in the scheduled time for one subject, children get to focus on the particular subjects only. In this way, the number of classes for that subject in the overall week also decreases. It gives time to the teacher the to prepare proficiently for other courses and provides more time to prepare a structured learning plan. In this method, teachers can give more time to students for their improvement and get to know students better. The overall relationship between teacher and student gets strong with time as they start understanding each other. There is more time for experiential learning or team-based learning, which are more advantageous for students’ development.
However, many educational institutes that have followed traditional scheduling may find it hard to adapt. Teachers may not be able to retain children’s concentration for a longer duration. Besides, there might not be much change in the learning structure for the student, making the process ineffective.