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An Educator's Guide to Block Scheduling: Decision Making, Curriculum Design, and Lesson Planning Strategies
     

An Educator's Guide to Block Scheduling: Decision Making, Curriculum Design, and Lesson Planning Strategies

by Mary M. Bevevino, Dawn M. Snodgrass, Kenneth M. Adams
 

ISBN-10: 0205278477

ISBN-13: 9780205278473

Pub. Date: 08/14/1998

Publisher: Pearson Education

Educational reform often brings changes which are superficial at best and artificial at worst. However, a change is beginning to occur within secondary schools which is altering the fundamental structure of education in an attempt to create real improvement in the way in which American students are taught: the restructuring of the school day by means of extended

Overview

Educational reform often brings changes which are superficial at best and artificial at worst. However, a change is beginning to occur within secondary schools which is altering the fundamental structure of education in an attempt to create real improvement in the way in which American students are taught: the restructuring of the school day by means of extended time periods for instruction. Though it sounds simple, this restructuring will actually result in a total reconsideration of the way in which students learn, the way in which teachers teach, and ultimately, the way in which the school day is conducted. This book provides a balanced review of the points every district must consider when adopting a block schedule. Each of the four major subject areas taught in the high school level--Mathematics, Science, English, and Social Studies--has a specific chapter set aside for an in-depth discussion of the points which must be considered in planning and implementing the block. Various models of extended block schedules provide an insightful overview of how extended time periods for instruction will contribute to a more positive learning environment for students and teachers alike. School administrators, practicing teachers, educational consultants, parents, students interested in issues of education. A Longwood Professional Book

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205278473
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
08/14/1998
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 10.97(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi(2)
Acknowledgments xiii
PART ONE 1(62)
1 Considering the Block
3(8)
Rationale for Alternative Scheduling
5(2)
The School Climate
6(1)
Student Learning
6(1)
The Teaching Environment
6(1)
Success with the Extended-Block Schedule
7(4)
Considerations
8(3)
2 Examining Models and Making Decisions
11(16)
Common Models of Intensive Scheduling
12(4)
The Semester Block
13(2)
Alternating Blocks
15(1)
75-75-30 Plan
16(1)
Variables
16(5)
Curriculum
17(1)
Instructional Methods
18(1)
Resource Allocation
19(1)
Contractual Obligations
20(1)
Assessment
20(1)
The Rubrics
21(6)
3 Cooperative and Collaborative Strategies
27(14)
Background
27(1)
Cooperative Learning Is Not Just Another Name for Group Work
28(2)
Making Cooperative Learning Work
30(5)
Low-Risk Cooperative Strategies
35(1)
Focus Friends
35(1)
Talking Tiles
35(1)
Two-Minute Interviews
35(1)
Drill Partners
36(1)
Homework Help
36(1)
Cooperative Structures to Use in the Extended Block
36(4)
Jigsaw
36(1)
Think-Pair-Share
37(1)
Roundrobin
38(1)
Numbered Heads Together
38(2)
Summary
40(1)
4 A Time for Inquiry and Discovery
41(11)
Inquiry Models
42(6)
Inquiry Training
42(3)
BSCS Inquiry
45(1)
Jurisprudential Inquiry
46(2)
The Learning Cycle
48(4)
5 Incorporating Study Skills
52(11)
Essential Content
53(1)
Guided Textbook Reading
54(7)
Guided Previewing
54(1)
Prediction/Anticipation Guide
54(2)
Cooperative Reading Guide (COOR Guide)
56(1)
Textbook Activity Guide
57(2)
GRASP
59(1)
K-W-L
60(1)
Graphic Organizers/Semantic Maps
61(1)
Summary
62(1)
PART TWO 63(60)
6 Teaching English
65(16)
Four Advantages in the English Classroom
65(4)
Planning Instruction for the Extended Block
69(2)
Cooperative Learning and Collaboration: Integral Components in the Integrated Language Arts Lesson
71(2)
Inquiry Learning and the Integrated Language Arts Lesson
73(2)
Incorporating Learning Stations into Literature, Writing, and Grammar/Usage Instruction
75(6)
7 Teaching Science
81(14)
Advantages in the Science Classroom
81(1)
Science Education Reform and Science Standards
82(3)
Planning for Science Instruction
85(6)
The Traditional Laboratory Revisited
85(1)
Inquiry Planning
86(1)
Planning the Learning Cycle
87(4)
Cooperative Strategies in the Science Classroom
91(4)
The Laboratory Experience
91(1)
The Unit Review
92(3)
8 Teaching Social Studies
95(12)
Advantages of the Block Schedule
95(4)
Planning for Instruction
99(3)
Guidelines for Effective Implementation
102(5)
9 Teaching Mathematics
107(16)
Advantages in the Math Classroom
107(1)
Mathematics Standards
108(1)
Planning for the Extended Block
109(1)
Inquiry-Based Learning Strategies with Math Instruction
110(1)
Cooperative Learning
111(2)
Study Skills
113(2)
Writing Opportunities in the Math Classroom
115(5)
Index-Card Closure
116(1)
The Informal Journal
116(1)
The Writing Log
117(1)
The Quick Write
117(1)
Translation Time
118(1)
Writing and Presenting Problems
118(1)
Writing Directions
119(1)
Word Bank Review
119(1)
Further Considerations and Options
120(3)
PART THREE Suggestions from Colleagues 123(40)
Algebra I: Linear Equations
125(1)
Algebra II: Quadratic Equations
126(1)
Biology: Animal Kingdoms
127(1)
Calculus: AP Calculus: The Decay Process
128(1)
Career Planning: Career Choices
129(1)
Child Development: Planning for a Baby
130(1)
Ecology: Endangered Species
131(1)
Economics: Starting a New Business
132(1)
English: Literature, History, Music of the '20s and '30s
133(1)
English: Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher"
134(1)
English: The Mystery Novel
135(1)
English: American Literature: Emily Dickinson
136(1)
English: Creative Writing
137(2)
English: Elements of a Story
139(1)
English: The Short Story
140(1)
English: Note Taking
141(1)
English: American Poetry
142(1)
English: Personal Essay
143(1)
Family and Consumer Science: Foods 3: Menu Planning
144(1)
Family and Consumer Science: Food Preparation: Restaurant Project
145(1)
Family and Consumer Science: Food Preparation: Safety and Measuring Equipment
146(1)
Family and Consumer Science: Food Preparation: Italian Cuisine
147(1)
Family and Consumer Science: Independent Living: Employment
148(1)
Family and Consumer Science: Independent Living: Nutrition and Health
149(1)
General Science: Properties of Minerals
150(1)
Geography: Upper South Region
151(1)
German: German 1
152(1)
Physical Science: Physical and Chemical Changes
153(1)
Physics: Friction
154(1)
Social Studies: U.S. History: Immigration
155(1)
Social Studies: U.S. History: Depression of 1893 and Rise of the Populist Party
156(1)
Social Studies: U.S. History: Inventions
157(1)
Social Studies: American Government: The Federal Judiciary
158(1)
Spanish: Spanish I: Doler
159(1)
Spanish: Spanish I: Parts of the Body
160(3)
References 163(6)
Index 169

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