Amanda LeBlanc ‘21: Transitions bring forth countless opportunities; whether these act as challenges or benefits, change offers different ways of thinking. Many people consider this year a “Transition Year” for Romeo Community Schools. From the new school, to the new academies, to the block schedule, the district continues to make major renovations.
One specific change, the block schedule, remains a hot topic. The block means students have a total of eight classes, visiting four classes each day, compared to the traditional six classes a day.
Everyone holds their separate opinions on the adjustments made. Majority of teachers approve the block schedule so far and carry high hopes for it in the future.
“I originally worried that if I tried to extend the lesson and discuss more, I might not get enough material taught,” Mr. Anderson, english teacher in DEM, said. “But now I’ve found that my lesson plans are a lot better because we get to go deeper into the subjects.”
The longer allotted time slots allow for more in depth discussions, which creates an overall better learning environment. 90 minute blocks grant teachers the ability to develop full lessons, while also having time for activities to engage the students even more. By having a longer period of time to work with, the teacher’s ability to talk more about topics with students further their understanding.
“I think that it’s helpful in the way that it gives you more time for projects, collaborating with other classes, and doing labs,” Senora Kelso, Spanish teacher in BEI, said.
So far, the block schedule receives positive reactions from teachers. Considering it offers more classes to take, students hold the ability to choose more electives, leading to a more diverse agenda.
Attending four classes per day consists of pros and cons. While students possess more time for homework, some classes benefit more if they meet every day. The possibility for students to forget the material previously taught becomes more of an issue compared to a regular schedule.
“The block schedule has the ability to enhance the time that students have of learning the material,” Mr Creps, physics teacher in BEI, said. “We’ll see how the days off are. I think giving them 90 minutes to work is good but not seeing them again for another day can be a disadvantage.”
As the majority of people still adjust to the transition, a lot of speculation exists as to whether or not the block schedule creates an overall advantage for the high school. So far, the benefits outweigh the consequences and Romeo Community Schools hopes to see this trend continue throughout the next several years.
Rebecca Sebastian ‘20: Romeo High School introduced a new type of schedule this year along with the academies, known as the block schedule. The schedule consists of eight class periods alternating four 90 minute classes per day.
Students became skeptical of the block schedule when first mentioned. With fears ranging from sitting in class for such a long time to too much homework, students entered the school year nervously.
“I originally thought that it was going to be a long time in class and more boring,” Kyle Szydlik ‘20, a student in the HHP Academy, said. “But now I think it’s beneficial because you can get more time to discuss work and learn more.”
After a week with the new academies, many students changed their negative view on the block schedule for the better.
“It’s helpful because you have more time to spend with your teacher during that period,” Hailey Wisniewski ‘20, a BEI academy student, explained. “You only have four classes a day which makes it easier to handle the homework.”
Many also believe that the change to block schedules benefit the school as a whole. The new schedule brings many benefits to RHS, including better student learning and preparing students for the rigor of college courses.
“It will eventually set students up for college once they’ve been in the program for all four years,” Wisniewski said.
Although most opinions on the block schedule changed in a positive way, some students still getting used to the block schedule.
“You don’t get to see your teachers everyday. There’s more homework and you can’t ask questions as much,” Allen Shamon ‘20, a student in the DEM Academy, said.
Along with many benefits to the new scheduling, some students still feel as if the old schedule, with only six classes, helped make learning easier and more efficient. Seeing teachers everyday and having smaller amounts of homework, created a less stressful work environment for several students. Many also agreed that change is not always easy and that part of their opinion was because they just weren’t used to it.
With only one week down, students acquired their first taste of the block schedule. As the school year moves along and students continue to adjust, the block schedule sets to become more suitable for all students.