This year Granite Hills High School is using block scheduling for classes.
Teachers and students have their own opinion on whether they like or dislike Granite’s block scheduling.
Some would say that the block scheduling is supposed to help make homework easier for students due to sports or any activities depending on which classes students are taking; others disagree.
Not only does block schedule make things more convenient, but it can also back fire on student’s grades if they don’t attend school as often as they should. In reality, missing one day of school is missing two days of school.
“I do not believe block schedule benefits students, especially freshman and non-college prep students. Most students learn better with daily reinforcement of material. The worst aspect to block schedule is when students have poor attendance it leads to an adverse effect on their grade,” says Chemistry teacher, Mrs. Chapman.
Not only do the teachers think this, some students here at Granite agree.
“I personally do not like it. It’s more homework and some boring classes are already so boring, so now it’s twice the size. Its torture,” exclaims sophomore Kyle Norman, “We have more time to do our homework, but now if you miss one day, you’re two days behind for those particular classes. It messes me up more than I believe a normal schedule would.”
With block schedule some people would say it’s better for the Physical Education classes because they have a longer amount of time to exercise, Mr. Ruckman, a P.E. teacher here at Granite, says otherwise:
“A less amount of time to do high intensity intervals (HIIT) burns more fat, which would be 30 minutes but since we have 70 minutes (we use 20 minutes to get dressed before and after class) the longer amount of time burns less fat. Since we have so much extra time I have to find activities so students can stay busy. Also, this scheduling isn’t good for students who have poor attendance.”
Not all teachers and students dislike the new scheduling this year, some prefer it.
“It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just wasn’t too sure if it was going to be beneficial for the students. I think it helps break down the day better. I do think block scheduling benefits the good students who want to learn but back fires on those students who miss school,” says Health teacher, Mr. Bowser.
Most students agree that block scheduling does benefit students because they have more time to do their homework and catch up in classes that they are falling behind in.
Isabel Ruiz, a junior here at Granite says, “I like the scheduling with the classes and the extra time for homework.”
The students aren’t the only ones benefiting from block scheduling, some teachers are too!
“I love block scheduling. I have working students who don’t get interrupted. There is less time for students to get into trouble. I have no problem teaching an hour and 40 minutes; its nothing!” exclaims Algebra teacher, Mr. Ward.
The block scheduling this year is both good and bad. It’s good to have because we do have extra time to do our homework and get more things done in class, but it’s bad towards the students who don’t attend school often because they would be falling behind already since missing one day of school is missing two days of school.