We have implemented a new schedule this year. Our new schedule will allow for class meetings of 78-minute periods rather than the 53-minute periods in previous years. What we hope to accomplish with the new schedule includes:
1. developing more differentiated instruction-differentiated instruction can be defined as “responsive” teaching rather than “one-size-fits-all” teaching.
2. increasing the number of methods teachers use to instruct students, including project based learning, multi-media projects, extended time for literature discussion and reflection, research based learning, and focusing on depth of instruction rather than breadth of instruction.
3. exposing students to a variety of instructional approaches within the same period.
4. increasing student reflection and thought in regards to their own learning.
We are in the early stages of implementation. We will spend the first semester addressing some of the issues that have arisen as a result of the big shift in schedule. At the end of this semester, students and teachers will have the opportunity to provide formal feedback as we review the new schedule.