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Getting Ready for Double Doubles

posted Aug 10, 2017, 5:17 PM by HSD Principal
As we try having more extended class times during the week, I want to make sure you all have some resources to plan for and use the time well, as well as giving you some time to actually prepare for the week. We will spend intentional time doing both those things during our 29 August divisional meeting, but below is a collection of sources to help you get started:

Designing Long Classes: a resource developed for RIT college professors who are stepping into teaching for longer class periods that has some good tips on planning and running a longer class session. One quick tip from them:

Review the agenda with class at the beginning of class so students know what to expect and know that your lecture won’t be going on “forever.”

Here is one social studies teacher's advice on using extended class time, along with a few unexpected surprises that came with making the change. Here's an example of his advice:

The planning process for extended classes should be approached in the spirit of a fresh beginning rather than with the intention of adjusting old lesson plans. The critical thinking goals of the extended classes are attainable only if they are the primary objective.

Math has been one of the subjects for which the concept of more double blocks can seem especially daunting. To help alleviate some of that, here is one math teacher's experience at moving to extended class time, with some specific ideas on using the time well. One of his insights:

Long periods do not work well if they are just like short periods, except longer. You cannot lecture at teenagers for 70 minutes and expect them to be able to maintain an appearance of engagement, something they can barely manage in a 50-minute period. Thus, a teacher who believes that giving whole-period lectures is the only way to teach their subject legitimately would consider the long period a threat. However, for a teacher who has been eager to broaden their pedagogical repertoire, the long period is wonderful. (And it certainly does not exclude the use of lectures, which remain a very important tool under any schedule.)