Block scheduling is really a game changer.
We teach 4 - 90 minute classes each day. While I don't agree with this philosophy, I just have to do what I have to do to help my kids learn as much Spanish as they can in those 90 minutes.
But I feel like there is a point at which class ceases to be productive in a 90 minute class.
So what have I done so far? This is the flow I have tried to create. I am working on getting better at giving Brain Breaks because if I don't give them to my students, they'll take them anyways and not pay attention.
Breakdown: (2nd semester):
- (10 minutes) Free Voluntary Reading
- (2 minutes) put books away carefully
- (10-15 minutes) Warm up chat: How are you; what's for lunch, what's the weather next 3 days
- (5 minutes) Daily Activity - tweets, joke, miaucoles, comic, fail
(notice we're about 30 minutes in)
- (40-45 minutes) Spoken story / Written story
- (5 minutes) student generated quiz / assessment
- (5 minutes) pack up, sit and chat with friends, talk to students in English/Spanish
It's a work in progress.
Sometimes I will throw in reading a children's book to the class, or a movietalk, or a song.
I used to do songs once a week (Thursdays). I am trying to think of ways to work in music more. I thought maybe something like Kristy Placido and other teachers do with multiple passes of the same song, to expose the kids to it more.
Maybe by next year, I'll feel better about this Block Scheduling.