Due to EOC testing, block scheduling was enforced for 10 days. This means three classes a day for 130 minutes, or 100 minutes on early-release Wednesdays.
“I like it because it gives you a lot more time to do work,” Olivia Miller, sophomore and swim team member, said.
For some, block scheduling is a breath of fresh air since regular school days at FHN consist of seven classes for 55 minutes. Other students and staff believe it is a hassle to have such long class periods without breaks, with the exception of a 25-minute lunch period.
“You can only hold students’ attention for so many minutes and 130 minutes exceeds that time limit,” Joe Brocksmith, science teacher, said.
More time in class and an extra day or two off of a certain class gives students more time to finish work and the ability to access help from teachers.
“There’s more time to get homework done and talk to your teachers,” Surbhi Patel, freshman, said.
Although the extra time can be helpful, it can also be used negatively. After a worksheet is finished or a test is taken, some teachers are showing movies or letting their students spend their time as they choose.
“I think at some point you’re gonna need a brain rest and as long as it’s a reasonable way of taking a break, then I am not opposed to it,” Brocksmith said.