For the 2021-22 school year, we will be utilizing block scheduling as well as offering support days, enrichment classes and field trips
What is a block schedule and why is it an effective use of time?
In many middle schools, classes are taught within 4 or 5 periods per week. Let's view the 5 days per week model with 45-minute classes. After the settling down upon arrival and the getting ready for dismissal, effective learning time is cut to roughly 35 minutes. Multiply that by 5 and you get 175 minutes. With the 4 days per week model, the teacher is left with ~140 minutes per week. That doesn't take into account the extra teacher support and "study hall" time offered at NLA. With a block schedule, our double class periods provide 180 minutes per week. By clustering our time into larger segments, it provides time for teachers to infuse games, projects and activities, offers more time for students to complete tests, and gives teachers the opportunity to provide additional support during the class period. Long story short - the students benefit.
What do we plan on doing with the extra day? That opens the door for activities that teach life skills, provide fun and allow for our students to further connect with their NLA community.
For our enrichment classes, most are taught by professionals in their field. We have trained chefs, dance teachers, grad students (for coding), teachers (debates/game shows/leadership clubs, art) and more.
In short, we are addressing the needs of the whole child - academic, social and emotional.
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School Address: 1924 Trinity Ave. Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Mailing Address: Noble Learning Academy 785 / E2 Oak Grove Rd #307 Concord, CA, 94518