Block scheduling is a relatively recent concept that is being acquired by schools and other educational institutes across different countries. In simple words, block scheduling can be defined as a new way of arranging the modules or classes, which is a noticeable deviation from the traditional scheduling system. In a traditional scheduling system, students are expected to attend around 40-50 minutes of class time per subject, every day. Alternatively, within the spectrum of the traditional block scheduling pattern, the students are expected to attend the same four classes every day for 90 days, which essentially makes up for one semester. Universities have been pursuing a traditional block schedule for many years now, and gradually schools are also taking up the concept. On the other hand, there is another system known as the A/B block schedule. Under this pattern, instead of dividing the schedule into semesters, there are specific modules attached to specific days. For example, biology and English can be scheduled for Mondays (Block A), economics and accounts can be for Wednesdays (Block B), and so on and so forth. Courses in education management largely cover the concept of block scheduling, and this emerging concept has multiple advantages that will be considered in this blog.
Despite these prominent advantages, block scheduling is criticised for its lack of continuity because when the learners finish one module, they do not get to study it again, and thus, if not taught effectively, they may fail to sustain their learning over the course of the other semesters. Nevertheless, school leaders, managers, and teachers can partake in courses in education management to gain a better insight into block scheduling. Such knowledge will be useful for those aiming for managerial roles in the field of education.
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