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A Trimester Schedule that Works: Solutions for Secondary by Robert Brower, Colleen Moran, Todd Whitaker

By Robert Brower, Colleen Moran, Todd Whitaker

This ebook explains learn that helps a trimester time table after which is helping readers comprehend the swap efforts and demanding situations linked to the remodel of the college day.

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Reduce the duplication and inefficiency reportedly documented in many high schools using the daily, single-period high school schedule. Reduce the number of students for and with whom teachers must prepare and interact each day and/or each term. Reduce the number of courses for which teachers must prepare daily. Reduce the number of classes, and the accompanying assignments, tests, and projects that students must address during any one day or term. Reduce the fragmentation inherent in single-period schedules, a complaint that is especially pertinent to classes requiring extensive practice and laboratory work.

The trimester schedule meets all of these goals. ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Reduce the number of class changes and movements that large groups of students are required to complete during any one school day. Reduce the duplication and inefficiency reportedly documented in many high schools using the daily, single-period high school schedule. Reduce the number of students for and with whom teachers must prepare and interact each day and/or each term. Reduce the number of courses for which teachers must prepare daily.

The research is clear on numerous items that can be expected to transpire by changing to any alternative schedule. But still, some reform efforts, such 27 28 CHAPTER 2 as using a new schedule, fail, not because goals are not reached, but rather, because naysayers are able to finally convince others that key parts of the new schedule are not working as promised. This phenomenon will be explored in depth in later chapters. In this chapter, we review what the literature has to offer in terms of the reason why schools seek change; the goals a particular school can expect; and the reasons some leading experts share that will most likely happen.

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