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How do you keep your junior high students engaged in your class when block scheduling is used at your school?

Jul 17, 2014 10:10pm

We used block scheduling and I often notice that students spend the first 15-20 minutes of the class just trying to remember and catch up on where we left off last period. They turn in homework but it often just seems in the classroom they are a little lost at first.

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    • Jul 18, 2014 10:44am

      I always started them with a warm up question that was a review from the previous lesson while I checked that they had made a decent effort on the homework. Then we went over the homework and they were allowed to ask questions before turning it in to be graded. This helped to review the material from before and make those first 15-20 minutes of the class more productive.

      • Jul 25, 2014 8:38am

        You could always start with a warm up or an ice breaker first thing if you are having trouble getting the students attention when transitioning from one class to another. This will also get them excited to be in your class and ready to be engaged.
        You could also do a project learning teamwork activity that is tied to your lesson for the day. Give the students the chance to work together as a team for a little while, then debrief or discuss the findings after everyone is finished.
        You could throw in a fun review game from time to time to see what they remember from the last class, or lesson.