The block schedule is really meant to offer students more time for skill practice. During this workshop, participants will consider the block construction, evaluate their present practices, and consider how to rethink instruction and reconstruct their practices. The focus will be on "learning from bell to bell" as opposed to "teaching from bell to bell." Teachers will consider the elements of a block lesson to include an introduction, mini-lesson/direct instruction, shared practice, individual practice, and a closure. Participants will consider instructional activities that include 21st century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and the use of technology. Participants will also consider classroom management and differentiation as they strive to maximize learning time in the block.
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