A couple of weeks ago, I found myself planning for our upcoming block schedule. Due to state testing, our entire bell schedule was modified to accommodate 2 hour and 5 minute periods so that we could administer the math and English PARCC test to our students. Normally, we have 55 minute periods - it would be a big adjustment for both teachers and students. Knowing this, I wanted to make sure I had activities planned that got students out of their seats and allowed a maximum amount of work time where students could practice their skills. Planning these kinds of activities, however, can take a great deal of work.
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Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.