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Are there any recommendations for high school bell schedules that allow for incentives for high achieving students?

Nov 17, 2013 3:58pm

My high school has been working on creating a new bell schedule that rewards our high achieving students but doesn't act punitively towards students who do not. We would like to maintain a time for office hours and accommodate one lunch. Thanks for the help!

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  • 9-12
  • Class Culture

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    • Nov 20, 2013 6:50am

      I really liked the bell schedule at my last school. It was a jumble - 6 classes each meeting 4 days each week at different times. Classes are 50 minutes each day except each class has one day a week with a "lab" period that is an extra half an hour. "Conference" time was scheduled in for the last 20 minutes of each day where students could seek out extra help from teachers. Having classes meet at different times each day helped to avoid the "always sleepy first period" or "always energetic post lunch" classes. So for example Block A might meet first thing in the morning on Mondays, middle of the day Tuesday, end of day Wed, etc. Hope this makes sense! It takes some getting used to but both teachers and students liked it and benefited from the switching around.

      • Feb 18, 2014 4:47am

        I teach CTE classes, accounting, MOUS, Marketing, Customer Service and the main things I see on the teaching channel are for elementary schools or core classes. Is there anything on the TC that is related to my classes specifically? Is there going to be? We are expected to teach like the core classes, but with no books and certification tests our EOC, what do we do?

        • Feb 18, 2014 9:45am

          Hi Sandy,

          Thanks for your interest in Teaching Channel. Most of our resources are designed for K-12 instruction; however, we do have teachers in higher ed who find the strategies we feature useful in their classes. So while you may not be able to find a lesson plan on marketing, you'll find plenty on fostering class discussion, etc.

          Hope this helps!