Re: [art_education] Block schedule
- Hi Chris:
I think you will LOVE the block scheduling! For art teachers in
particular, it gives students so much more time to work on projects and your
80 minutes can be used to the fullest because the set-up and cleanup times
are not taking up most of the class period as in a traditional 55 minute
period. For the most part, I present more projects that are lengthier and
more time-consuming with four-block. I have found that in our 4-block
schedule ( I teach at the high school, 9-12 graders....each term is about
eight weeks), you have to be more selective in what projects you are
presenting since all our art classes are only eight-weeks long....so we
only have those particular students in that particular class for those eight
weeks. There are some classes at our school, however, that go for two
terms...but not many (hybrids).
Also, if you have a few students in your class that are a pain and think
that your art class is just a class for being rude, obnoxious and/or for
socializing or whatever (these are the students that mistakedly believe
that art classes are blowoff classes and school rules don't apply here but
are surprised when they find out there are high expectations from me-some
even drop the class!) then you need to remember that you are only having to
deal with these students for 8 weeks or so instead of a semester!! Every
class I've taught has a mixture of students...grade-wise and
background-wise. So you can easily have a lower-entry art class with most
freshmen and just a couple of seniors. The higher-level classes usually
have those students who are older (11-12 graders); have been at the high
school and in the art department for a few years; and really enjoy the work.
No class is exactly like another; each class is unique and brings with it
some interesting challenges.
Another thing I've found....the time goes by alot faster with block
scheduling. It seems a term barely begins and we are calculating mid-term
grades. And, of course, each term requires a final exam.
If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me off the list.
From: "Matt and Chris Davis" <davisc@...>
Sent: Monday, July 03, 2006 11:10 AM
Subject: [art_education] Block schedule
>I teach art in a middle school, grades 5-8. We will return in the fall to
> an alternating block schedule, meaning I will have 80 minute periods. I
> looking for suggestions from people who work with a block schedule for how
> to effectively organize the class period. Any tried-and-true advice?
> Thanks ..... Chris
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- i had a block schedule for four years and i found a
few things to be helpful.
1. start class with a warm up (i have some suggestions
if you are interested)
2. have at least two activities: independent and group
3. wrap up with some sort form of assessment (can be
super short like a 1.2.3. card to start the next class
even if the kids are working on a project most of the
class, they can do an early critique or walk around
the room to look at kids work...if you chat about it,
it could take at least 15 minutes...
also allow 10 minutes for clean up
those classes scared me at first...but soon they were
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- I teach 5-8 grade, I have each grade twice a week, 90-minutes periods. I love the block schedule because it gives me more time to set up the projects without feeling rushed. My basic rule of thumb is to create projects that are stretched out over the whole week or several weeks. I usually spend the first half of the class introducing the project followed by the students starting the project. The next class, I usually spend 15 minutes reviewing the criterias of the projects, answering questions and solving problems. The rest of the class period the students work on their projects. This really works well for me although I have other art teachers tell me that they dedicate the first half of the block to working on the art projects and the second half is a free art or study hall.I really like having the 90-minutes with my students and although the classes are held only twice a week we get a lot done and I think the quality of work has improved because the students don't feel rushed either. If students finish early with their projects they are encouraged to go back and see if there is anything else they can do to improve it or they assigned to help others.catMatt and Chris Davis <davisc@...> wrote:I teach art in a middle school, grades 5-8. We will return in the fall to
an alternating block schedule, meaning I will have 80 minute periods. I am
looking for suggestions from people who work with a block schedule for how
to effectively organize the class period. Any tried-and-true advice?
Thanks ..... Chris
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