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"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
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Editorial Reviews

Martin Eaddy
"Every teacher and principal should use this book to ensure a successful block scheduling initiative."
Wendy Tomberlin
"Whether on the block or considering block scheduling, every principal and teacher needs his or her own personal copy of The Block Scheduling Handbook."
Martin Eaddy
"Every teacher and principal should use this book to ensure a successful block scheduling initiative."
Wendy Tomberlin
"Whether on the block or considering block scheduling, every principal and teacher needs his or her own personal copy of The Block Scheduling Handbook."
James Freemyer
"The research-based principles espoused in this handbook helped transform our upper school into a true college preparatory institution. This complete how-to book provides valuable, concrete ideas for subject area teachers while supporting administrative efforts to maximize opportunities using block scheduling. I highly recommend this book if your school is initiating, adapting, or question the block scheduling approach. This book will reinvigorate your efforts to truly impact student learning."
Jim R. Watson
"Should be required reading for every high school administrator and educators in general. By highlighting research-based best practices, the author has put forth cutting-edge strategies that will not only improve student achievement, but also provide teachers with 21st-century skills to differentiate instruction."
Henry Peel
"A wonderful guide for school leaders as they create a contemporary schedule for middle and high school students to take advantage of a variety of curricular offerings. This second edition is comprehensive, with numerous subject-centered examples and detailed specifics for those desiring to move to more advanced designs. It is no wonder why Queen is often referred to as thefather of the new block schedule."
Ding Zhenguo
"An excellent step-by-step guide to all the stages of improving instruction on the block schedule at any level. As a guest faculty member at our university in China, Dr. Queen used the text to train numerous doctoral students, school principals, and classroom teachers in this scheduling practice. The new edition is even more advanced, with excellent designs and detailed activities in a variety of subject areas."
Bob Algozzine
"This is the complete, step-by-step guide for administrators and teachers interested in all stages of going to or improving instruction on the block. Building on its predecessor as well as the author’s international and national reputation and experience, this edition includes numerous subject-centered examples and detailed specifics for those interested in moving to more advanced designs. If you have one book on block scheduling in your library, it should be this one."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761945260
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: One-Off Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Allen Queen is professor and former chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A former classroom teacher, principal, college administrator, and university professor, he works with teachers and principals in the areas of managing priorities, time management, and stress reduction. Queen has written over 30 books and 70 articles, including The Frazzled Teacher’s Wellness Plan (Corwin Press 2004), The Block Scheduling Handbook (Corwin Press 2002), and books on karate and fitness for young readers. He has appeared on radio and television programs, including ABC's World News Now, and has been a consultant to over 160 schools and districts in 36 states and 3 foreign countries in the areas of classroom discipline, school safety, block scheduling, and time management.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1 High Schools on the Block 1
2 Benefits and Cautions 5
3 Developmental Aspects of Growth and Behavior 13
4 Building the Block Culture in the School 31
5 Selecting the Best Fit 35
6 Block Scheduling in the Middle School 39
7 The Elementary School on the Block 51
8 Aligning Standards and Course Content 65
9 Samples of Curriculum Alignment and Pacing 73
10 Effective Instructional Strategies for Block Scheduling 99
11 Teacher-Directed Instruction 105
12 Discovery and Inquiry 117
13 Simulations and Role Play 125
14 Cooperative Learning 149
15 Synectics 159
16 Socratic Seminar 169
17 Instructional Assessment 173
18 Program Evaluation and Student Assessment 181
19 A Guide to Traditional and Authentic Assessment 199
References, Recommended Readings 231
Internet Resources 242
Index 243
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