Disadvantages of a Seven Period Day
What are the disadvantages?
One major disadvantage of a seven period day is that students have seven classes to prepare for, seven textbooks to carry, and possibly seven homework assignments. On some days, students will have multiple tests to study for, thus requiring the student to perform a balancing act in order to manage his/her schedule effectively. While this does have some positive benefits, such as having students learn better time management skills, it can make it more difficult for them to adequately prepare for all their classes.
With seven classes come seven teachers who all have different classroom environments, different classroom expectations, and different classroom rules. Students must remember in whose class they can chew gum, in whose class they are only allowed to breathe, and in whose class they are allowed to roam campus.
One obvious disadvantage for teachers is less class time. It can take several minutes for students to calm down and adjust to the classroom environment before even getting into the teaching. Block scheduling allows teachers a greater amount of time to actually teach their students a subject without interruption.
As a teacher, I personally favor the traditional method. Although block scheduling allows longer classes to better delve into a subject, I find it more suits my teaching style to see my students every day. What is your opinion?