School Culture and Block Scheduling

At MMS, teachers will routinely craft lessons that blend subjects, reflecting how interwoven they truly are. The teaching and learning experience is keenly attuned to the demands of today’s world, not the industrial world that existed a hundred years ago when the American school model came into being.

MMS will import both the Team Teaching and Block Schedule components of the High Tech Middle School model.  Teachers only have 56 students total in their core classes at full enrollment, as opposed to an average of 170 students common for traditional school teachers. Obviously, it is more attainable to get to know 56 students than 170.

Additionally, this scheduling allows teachers to build common group norms and culture across smaller groups, for a better sense of school body cohesion and common values.

Team teaching allows core teachers to design projects that are integrated across their subjects.  This affords students to experience the interconnectedness of the subjects they are learning, and, the relevance of their education, with a more meaningful and authentic academic career than if they worked in subject and peer isolation.

Team teaching usually involves block scheduling which allows teachers to see their students for up to two hours a day. This presents teachers with the opportunity to know their students so they can be challenged appropriately and encouraged to do their best.

The team structure can also make students feel as if they are in a smaller environment, easing students into the transition of middle school.  Blocked time with fellow students, along with the collaboration of project work, also facilitates more meaningful peer relationships. Finally, this type of school organization empowers teachers and grants them the opportunity for more purposeful leadership.

A proposed Block Schedule for MMS is presented at the bottom of this page.


Clusters and Team Teaching: Building Connections Between Students and Teachers

Raising the Educational Achievement of Secondary School Students – Volume 2 Profiles of Promising Practices

http://www.ed.gov/pubs/Raising/vol2/prof4.html


Team Teaching

By Heather Coffey, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/4754


Transition from Elementary to Middle School

http://sitemaker.umich.edu/fitzgerald.356/transition_from_elementary_to_middle_school


City University of Hong Kong, Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

http://teaching.polyu.edu.hk/datafiles/R27.html


National Education Association

http://www.nea.org/tools/13413.htm


Michigan State University

https://www.msu.edu/user/aubreyju/Team%20Teaching%20Inquiry.pdf


Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning

http://ctl.stanford.edu/Tomprof/postings/767.html


Vanderbilt University

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/cft/resources/teaching_resources/activities/team_teach.htm


Interdisciplinary Courses and Team Teaching

http://www.ntlf.com/html/lib/backup/ictt_xrpt.htm


Proposed Daily Schedule

The Head of School will be responsible for formalizing the schedule, however, a prototype is shown on the following pages.

Students will begin the school year with Schedule A for the first week, then rotate to Schedule B the second week, and back to Schedule A in week three, and so on.
Schedule A (rotates with Schedule B)

Monday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Spanish

Digital Media

Humanities

Math/Science

9:05 – 9:50   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

9:55 – 10:40   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Visual Arts

Drama

10:45 – 11:30  45

Visual Arts

Drama

Spanish

Digital Media

11:35 – 12:20  45

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:25 – 1:10  45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

1:15 – 2:00   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:05 – 2:50   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:55 – 3:35   40

SIG

SIG

SIG

SIG

Tuesday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Drama

Spanish

Math/Science

Humanities

9:05 – 9:50   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

9:55 – 10:40   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Digital Media

Visual Arts

10:45 – 11:30  45

Digital Media

Visual Arts

Music

Spanish

11:35 – 12:15  40

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:20 – 1:05  45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

1:10 – 1:55   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

2:00 – 2:45   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

2:50 – 3:35   45

Advisory

Advisory

Advisory

Advisory

Wednesday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Spanish

Digital Media

Humanities

Math/Science

9:05 – 9:50   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

9:55 – 10:40   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Visual Arts

Digital Media

10:45 – 11:30  45

Visual Arts

Drama

Spanish

Dance

11:35 – 12:15  40

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:20 – 1:05  45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

1:10 – 1:55   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:00 – 2:45   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:50 – 3:35   45

X Block

X Block

X Block

X Block

Thursday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Digital Media

Spanish

Math/Science

Humanities

9:05 – 9:50   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

9:55 – 10:40   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Digital Media

Kinesiology

10:45 – 11:30  45

Music

Visual Arts

Project Time

Visual Arts

11:35 – 12:15  40

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:20 – 1:05  45

Project Time

Music

Humanities

Math/Science

1:10 – 1:55   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

2:00 – 2:45   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Drama

Music

2:50 – 3:35   45

SIG

SIG

SIG

SIG

Friday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Spanish

Digital Media

Humanities

Math/Science

9:05 – 9:50   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

9:55 – 10:40   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Spanish

Digital Media

10:45 – 11:30  45

Kinesiology

Project Time

Music

Spanish

11:35 – 12:15  40

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:20 – 1:05  45

Math/Science

Humanities

Kinesiology

Project Time

1:10 – 1:55   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:00 – 2:45   45

Music

Kinesiology

Math/Science

Humanities

2:50 – 3:35   45

X Block

X Block

X Block

X Block

Schedule B (rotates with Schedule A)

Monday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Spanish

Digital Media

Humanities

Math/Science

9:05 – 9:50   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

9:55 – 10:40   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Visual Arts

Drama

10:45 – 11:30  45

Visual Arts

Drama

Spanish

Digital Media

11:35 – 12:20  45

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:25 – 1:10  45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

1:15 – 2:00   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:05 – 2:50   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:55 – 3:35   40

SIG

SIG

SIG

SIG

Tuesday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Drama

Spanish

Math/Science

Humanities

9:05 – 9:50   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

9:55 – 10:40   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Digital Media

Visual Arts

10:45 – 11:30  45

Digital Media

Visual Arts

Music

Spanish

11:35 – 12:15  40

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:20 – 1:05  45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

1:10 – 1:55   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

2:00 – 2:45   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

2:50 – 3:35   45

Advisory

Advisory

Advisory

Advisory

Wednesday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Spanish

Digital Media

Humanities

Math/Science

9:05 – 9:50   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

9:55 – 10:40   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Visual Arts

Digital Media

10:45 – 11:30  45

Visual Arts

Drama

Spanish

Dance

11:35 – 12:15  40

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:20 – 1:05  45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

1:10 – 1:55   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:00 – 2:45   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:50 – 3:35   45

X Block

X Block

X Block

X Block

Thursday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Digital Media

Spanish

Math/Science

Humanities

9:05 – 9:50   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

9:55 – 10:40   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Digital Media

Kinesiology

10:45 – 11:30  45

Music

Visual Arts

Project Time

Visual Arts

11:35 – 12:15  40

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:20 – 1:05  45

Project Time

Music

Humanities

Math/Science

1:10 – 1:55   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

2:00 – 2:45   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Drama

Music

2:50 – 3:35   45

SIG

SIG

SIG

SIG

Friday

6th Grade A

6th Grade B

7th Grade

8th Grade

8:15 – 9:00  45

Spanish

Digital Media

Humanities

Math/Science

9:05 – 9:50   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

9:55 – 10:40   45

Humanities

Math/Science

Spanish

Digital Media

10:45 – 11:30  45

Kinesiology

Project Time

Music

Spanish

11:35 – 12:15  40

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:20 – 1:05  45

Math/Science

Humanities

Kinesiology

Project Time

1:10 – 1:55   45

Math/Science

Humanities

Math/Science

Humanities

2:00 – 2:45   45

Music

Kinesiology

Math/Science

Humanities

2:50 – 3:35   45

X Block

X Block

X Block

X Block