The Positive Impact of Block Scheduling

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Gina Gugliuzza, Staff Writer

Recently introduced into the North Arlington Public School System, block scheduling is a system of scheduling that replaces the standard 9 period school day with a 4 period school day. Block scheduling took the 9 classes students had and rotated them throughout the week- meaning students have certain classes for a longer period of time, but meet less frequently throughout the week. The longer class period of 80 minutes enhances the learning process because of the lessons’ continuity. 

Typically, having 9 classes per day can lead to an overload of information in a student’s brain, as well as an overflow of work. This can create stress in students and a loss of concentration. With the introduction of block scheduling, students are able to focus more of their time and energy into fewer subjects, as opposed to tackling everything at once on a daily basis. As a result, students experience less stress and an increase in time for resting, extracurricular activities and hobbies.

For teachers, block scheduling results in meeting with their classes less frequently allowing them to go more in-depth with lessons. Teachers are able to deliver more detailed information and students in return are able to process and retain it more easily.

Undoubtedly, block scheduling has positive impacts on both students and teachers, and has been successfully implemented and positively received by all at North Arlington High School.