The Block Scheduling Handbook / Edition 1

The Block Scheduling Handbook / Edition 1

by J. (James) Allen Queen

ISBN-10: 0761945261

ISBN-13: 9780761945260

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: SAGE Publications

"Every teacher and principal should use this book to assure a successful block scheduling initiative."
Dr. Martin Eaddy, Superintendent
Lincoln County Schools
Lincoln, NC

"Whether on the block or considering block scheduling, every principal and teacher needs his or her own personal copy of The Block Scheduling Handbook."


"Every teacher and principal should use this book to assure a successful block scheduling initiative."
Dr. Martin Eaddy, Superintendent
Lincoln County Schools
Lincoln, NC

"Whether on the block or considering block scheduling, every principal and teacher needs his or her own personal copy of The Block Scheduling Handbook."
Wendy Tomberlin, Math Teacher
Mt. Pleasant High School
Mt. Pleasant, NC

Experience the advantages of block scheduling--gain the confidence and tools to put your school on the block!

Block Scheduling has succeeded in boosting student and teacher performance in an increasing number of schools across the country. Based in the simple idea of organizing a course around one semester in an extended class time of 90 minutes, this versatile scheduling program encourages more comprehensive immersion into subject matter, improved student-teacher rapport, and decreased disciplinary problems.

While the benefits of the block are undeniable, changing the conventional scheduling process may seem a daunting task to many educators. The Block Scheduling Handbook assuages this apprehension and bolsters confidence by providing practical information proven to be effective. Covering every aspect of designing the right block scheduling program for your school, this ready-reference manual offers specific tips and tools placed within a broader theoretical context.

Highlights include:

  • Classroom management and student-centered instructional strategies, each complete with "History and Research," "Promises and Pitfalls," and "Summary"sections
  • Sample models, lessons, activities, forms, evaluations, and surveys for easy implementation
  • Insightful discussion of elementary, middle, and high schools on the block, including an in-depth case study of an exemplary elementary curriculum
  • Straightforward explanations of the three basic block schedule models, plus guidance on curriculum alignment, pacing, and assessment methods

Product Details

SAGE Publications
Publication date:
One-Off Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgments
About the Author
1. The Current Status of Block Scheduling
2. Block Scheduling and the High School
3. Developmental Aspects of Growth and Behavior
Physical Development From Early Childhood
Through Adolescence
Cognitive Growth
Characteristics of Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development
Schemata and the Process of Assimilation, Accomodation, and Equilibration
The Sensori-Motor Period
The Period of Preoperational Thought
The Period of Concrete Operations
The Period of Formal Operations
Cognitive Theory and Block Instruction
Personality Development
Erikson's Stages of Personality Development
Implications of Erikson's Theory for Block Instruction
4. Building the Block Culture in the School
5. Selecting the Best Fit
The 4´4 Block Schedule Model
The A/B Block Schedule Model
The Modified Block
New Lesson Designs for the Block
6. Block Scheduling in the Middle School
The Middle School Defined
Characteristics of the Middle School
Team Teaching Interdisciplinary Teaming
Block Classes or Periods
Advisory Programs
Benefits of the Block Schedule in the Middle School
Shortfalls of the Traditional Schedule
The Flexible/Alternate/Navigate (FAN) Models
Advantages of Modified Schedules in the Middle School
Teaching in the Block in the Middle School
7. The Elementary School on the Block
Historical Events Impacting the Elementary School
National Initiatives
America 2000
Part 1: For Today's Students, Better, More Accountable Schools
Part 2: For Tomorrow's Students, a New Generation of American Schools
Part 3: For the Rest of Us (Yesterday's Students and Today's Workforce), a Nation of Students
Part 4: Communities Where Learning Can Happen
Goals 2000: Educate America Act
A State Example: The Elementary Curriculum in North Carolina
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Fine Arts: Dance
Fine Arts: Music
Fine Arts: Theater
Fine Arts: Visual Arts
Organizational Patterns
Disadvantages of Graded Arrangement
Alternative Possibilities for Scheduling
4-Blocks Model for Elementary Education
Parallel Block Scheduling
8. Aligning Standards and Course Content
Models for Use of Instructional Time
Limiting Content
Notes to Remember
Assigning Outside Content
Integrating Content: C-Clustering
Curriculum Alignment and Instructional Pacing
Curriculum Alignment Phase 1
Curriculum Alignment Phase 2
Instructional Pacing Phase 1
Instructional Pacing Phase 2
9. Sample of Curriculum Alignment and Pacing
10. Effective Instructional Strategies for Block Scheduling
Cooperative Learning
The Case Method
Socratic Seminar
Concept Attainment
Inquiry Method
Recommendations for Improving Block Scheduling for the Future
11. Teacher-Directed Instruction
Direct Instruction as a Teaching Model
Direct Instruction as a Continuum of Teaching Behaviors
Our Mr. Jefferson: A Sample Teacher-Directed Lesson
12. Discovery and Inquiry
Discovery Learning
History and Research
Promises and Pitfalls
The Inquiry Training Model
History and Research
Promises and Pitfalls
Building the Tower: A Sample Discovery Method Activity
13. Simulations and Role Play
Forms for the Simulation Model
Rationale for Appropriate Use
Lesson Design
History and Research
Promises and Pitfalls
Gifted and Talented Simulation: A Sample Lesson Using Simulation
14. Cooperative Learning
History and Research
Promises and Pitfalls
The Case Method
Building the Perfect School: A Cooperative Staff Development Activity
15. Synectics
History and Research
Gordon's Stages of Creativity
Promises and Pitfalls
To Kill a Mockingbird: A Syectics Sample Lesson
16. Socratic Seminar
Group Discussion and Student Participation
What Happened: A Socratic Seminar
17. Instructional Assessment
Methods of Instructional Evaluation
Formative Assessment
Summative Assessment
Assessment of Student Acheivement
Unit Evaluation
Lesson Evaluation
A Positive Classroom Climate Through Instruction
18. Program Evaluation and Student Assessment
Reasons for Evaluation
Defining Program Evaluation
Instructional Evaluation
Evaluation Resource 1: Block Schedule Teacher Survey
Evaluation Resource 2: Teacher Survey: High School Instruction
19. A Guide to Traditional and Authentic Assessment
Writing and Evaluating Test Items
Parts of a Test Item
Categorizing Items on Cognitive Levels
Evaluating Test Items
Using Authentic Assessment for Student Evaluation
The Trouble With Tests Is...
What Is Authentic Assessment?
Brain Growth, Brain Enrichment, and Attention
Effective Implementation of Authentic Assessment
Multiple Intelligences and Authentic Assessment
Types of Authentic Assessment
References, Recommended Readings
Internet Resources

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