My Bell Schedule
By Popular Demand, the bell schedule for my school:
Note the following:
All 6 classes meet every day
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday have certain classes extended on each day to run for 75 minutes instead of the regular 50 minutes.
Conference Period on Friday Morning
I eat lunch at a different time every day
How other teachers are using the extended time (From what I hear, anyway):
Mini-lessons on enrichment topics
Review games (jeopardy, bingo, whiteboards, etc)
One science class with two teachers breaks the entire class into stations. One teacher teaches the new material in a small-group seting; the other teacher monitors homework and makeup work, allowing for individual attention and tutoring; the other station is based at the computers in the lab where students work on an individualized research/real world assignments using the internet for research. This is the best solution I’ve heard (better than mine).
Most common solution: give students a bathroom break that takes 5-10 minutes, then extend the lesson/have them work on homework/etc.
How would you use an extra 25 minutes given to certain classes on different days?