Block scheduling is a class scheduling process. This method is employed in the American educational system where each student generally gets four class sessions per day rather than the conventional six to eight daily class periods. Each lecture is scheduled for a longer duration than in traditional classrooms, which usually have classes lasting between 1 and 2 hours.
It is more common in middle school and high school to have block classes rather than elementary sections because one teaches multiple classes in it. With fewer classes per day, block scheduling allows for a more focused understanding and experience of course material. With fewer interruptions, they can cover more course material.
This helps educators have more time to focus on students and provide one-on-one support and more opportunities for students to participate in active learning activities.
Block scheduling is divided into two categories:
1. Traditional block schedule: During the first semester, it is designed to allow students to take four classes per day for three months. Then, the student takes a different set of four classes every day during the second semester.
2. A/B Block schedule: The block schedule is divided into semesters. Schools generally prefer an A/B block schedule, in which classes rotate throughout the day. On alternate days, students are divided into two batches for subject-specific classes. For example, on Mondays and Wednesdays, children in Block A will take Science and Math sessions. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Block B students will have humanities and economics. Every Friday, two batches will rotate via this timetable.
Every school and its administration has the authority to decide whether a block schedule is the best option or not. While block scheduling has certain obvious advantages, it also has significant drawbacks in terms of implementation.
Regardless of your schedule as a teacher and student, the most important thing to remember is to keep open lines of communication and seek assistance when you need it!