cathmom Posted November 10, 2011 Share Posted November 10, 2011 I went to a high school that was supposedly in the best district in NJ. I didn't learn very much, I hated it, and I went to college early. Then we found out that I have an allergy to fluorescent lights, which almost certainly contributed to my problems, but wasn't the cause of all of them. Now I teach part-time at a wonderful charter school. This year they are doing a schedule where you have all classes M/F for 50 minutes, but then T/W/Th you don't have 2 of your classes and they are 70 minutes long. When we have early dismissal, classes are 35 minutes long, and on assembly days, they are 40 minutes long. As a teacher I can see that 40 minutes is hardly long enough to do anything. You practically just get started and you have to stop! The light dawned - at my high school classes were only 42 minutes long. Anything special happening made them even shorter. On top of that, if you took a foreign language instead of lunch, you were allowed to eat lunch in the FL class. So, no wonder I didn't learn anything in French 3H! Maybe what all these years I've been considering a flaw of school was actually a flaw of scheduling! I know that in college, I always tried to avoid taking the M/W/F one hour classes. I preferred T/TH, or if at all possible, a 3 hour class once a week. One of my issues with homeschooling so many dc is all the transitions from child to child and subject to subject. I had thought that the 70 minute period with my Spanish 1 class might seem really long, or that we might need a break halfway through, or that their attention would wane, but actually, they seem pretty into it the entire period. So I don't think it's just my experience. Any comments? :bigear: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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