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Making the Most of a 90-Minute Block

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block schedule, instructional strategies, instructional planning
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    • Element A: Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards and their district’s organized plan of instruction.
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This three-part resource highlights strategies teachers can use as they plan instruction for longer "block-style" class periods. Included in this resource are the following: 

  1. Making the Most of a 90-Minute Block - This podcast  (which is also transcribed into an article) from the Cult of Pedagogy provides practical tips and structures that can help teachers make the most of an extended learning period. 
  2. Managing Instructional Time - This chapter from the book Key Elements of Classroom Management presents information about how to best maximize instructional time for many situations and also dives into important considerations for student learning in a block schedule. 
  3. Planning Lessons for a Block Schedule - This blog post, from experts at Illustrative Mathematics, relays how to convert their problem-based lesson structure for a standard class period into one for a longer time span. 

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Gonzalez, J. (2017). Making the most of a 90-minute block. [Web log post]. Retrieved from

McLeod, J., Fisher, J., & Hoover, G. (2003). Managing Instructional Time. In Key Elements of Classroom Management. Retrieved from

Wilson, J. & Cerrahoglu, V. (n.d.). Planning lessons for a block schedule. [Web log post] Retrieved from