Block schedule on the horizon

Jules PetersonThe Dripping Springs School Board voted to move DSHS to a block schedule on March 4, 2016. The switch is to take place in the 2016-2017 school year.

Principal Joe Burns is excited about the change and believes that it will benefit the whole student body.

“Block schedule will give students four new periods throughout their high school years, but we are not going to increase the graduation requirements,” Burns said.

This means that students will be able to personalize their learning experience and potentially decrease their workload.

There are some difficulties that will come with going from our standard schedule to block schedule so abruptly.

“Writing out our new bell schedule and how that will look is going to be a lot of work,” Burns said. “There are a couple of different options that we are looking at.”

The schedule will most likely be in the A/B format but how Friday’s will look is still up in the air.

“We could do a day where you hit all of your teachers,” Burns said. “Or we could have a flexible day where we can make up for lost days. We are also looking at how to build in advisory days in at least once a week.”

Hopefully block schedule will also allow sports and band to have more in school time to practice.

“We will end up double blocking subjects such as band or athletics and that will give them more time to get things done during school hours versus outside of school hours,” Burns said.

This schedule gives us the opportunity to change our instructional model.

“We’ve moved more towards constructivism type education approaches,” Burns said. “We have become inquiry based with socratic seminars and things like that which lend themselves to larger blocks of time. Especially when you try to become more cross curricular in nature.”

Written by Jules Peterson


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