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07 September 2005

My Schedule

Well, two days of school are in the books. I don’t have a horribly difficult schedule, in my opinion, but some of the classes are challenging. This is what I have for the first semester:

07:48-07:53 Homeroom
07:57-09:17 (1) AP English Literature & Composition
09:21-10:41 (2) Wellness & Nutrition
10:45-11:13 Tutorial Period
11:17-11:57 (3A) Concert Band
11:59-12:29 (3B) Lunch
12:31-13:11 (3C) Concert Choir
13:15-14:35 (4) AP Chemistry

There are pros and cons to the four-by-four block scheduling we use. Pro: One only has four (in some cases, five) classes to worry about each day. Con: There are only 90 days (instead of 180) to cover a whole year’s worth of material.

Example: Tuesday night for AP Chemistry (first day), I had to read Chapters 1 and 2 of a brand new AP-level book. Granted, all but two of the 68 pages were totally review from Chem I, but it was still a lot of reading. Today we reinforced the unfamiliar part, and did some review sheets. The test is tomorrow.

Please keep in mind that this is an extreme example and represents only one day in an entire semester. Some (hopefully most) days will be lighter than this, at least from Chemistry. Some will probably be heavier. Oh, well. That’s life.

In other news, I have 1.85 new teachers this semester. I had my AP English Lit teacher for Honors English 11 last year, but he’s got a student teacher now (.25). My Wellness & Nutrition teacher is completely new to me (1) and the Choir Director is a newbie (.5, because it’s half a block). Also, the Band Director (Mr. Dearbeck, see “Forty-four Chairs”) is a first-year teacher, but I’ve known him personally for years (.1). Total: 1.85.

Meanwhile, marching band is going well. I’ll have more posts later.


Miles C. said...

See when I see that, I think you have .85 of a teacher.

Some where out there, there's a teacher missing his head.

Lexi Elizabeth said...

you need to drive more....:P

Lexi Elizabeth said...

you have classes that are over an hour long? that's weird.

Tim Parenti said...

Hey Craig, there's also AP Government & Politics: United States, which I'll be taking in the spring.

And yes, we have classes that are over an hour long. At my school we have "four-by-four" block scheduling. Rather than eight 42-minute classes every day (which we used to have), we have four 80-minute classes for half the year, then we switch to another four classes.

As for me, I have five classes because Band and Chorus do not get "blocked." They remain 40 minutes long.

There are pros and cons to block scheduling. See the original post for more information on how I feel about that.

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