Block Schedule

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Bella Gross

Block schedule is starting to become a big topic in school discussion. It is often debated whether or not schools should stick to their normal schedules or switch to block schedules. Block schedule gives students the ability to be more interactive in their classes, because the schedule gives everyone the ability to rotate classes every day. This makes it so that classes aren’t being repeated every day. Class time is usually 90 minutes every day and there are usually only 3 or 4 periods per day. While a block schedule may give students an advantage and allow them to be more interactive in their classes, it also comes with disadvantages.


Many people argue that a block schedule is not necessary, but it still gives students a bigger and larger opportunity to be more productive in their classes. Block schedule also gives students more time to finish work and homework, because they only have 3 classes a day.. If you don’t finish work in one class, you’ll still have another day to finish that work. It also allows students to be more involved in their classes instead of having to go to the same 6 or 7 classes every day for the same amount of time. When on block schedule, students have a better opportunity to spend more time in their classes and have more time to interact with people around them. 

However, block schedule also has some disadvantages. Of course, it shortens the amount of classes students have each day. If a student were to be sick the next day, they’d miss out on a lot of things they were learning. Some of the most known and persuading advantages block schedule will come with are:

  • Block scheduling means that teachers can take advantage of smaller group lessons more frequently. With smaller groups, collaborative learning can take place more easily.
  • Teachers will see fewer students over the course of the day. This means that teachers can build closer bonds with students and get to know their individual learning needs more deeply.
  • Students have less classes per day, which means they can remain more focused on their subjects.
  • Since students have less classes per day, it can translate into less homework per day. When students have less daily homework, they have more time to pursue their interests, hone their skills, and even reduce stress levels through relaxation methods.

However, block schedules can come with cons as well. Some of these being:

  • Greater Loss If Absent
  • Loss of Continuity
  • Too Fast

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Block schedule overall will change normal school days greatly. No matter what, a block schedule will come with many advantages like less daily homework, more focus, quality time, promotes cooperative learning, individualizing teaching, and longer planning periods.