The mere hour that students spend in each grade school class compromises quality time that should be invested into each subject of study, and time, accordingly, that students have to receive academic assistance. A/B or Alternate-Day Block Scheduling would remedy this issue. A/B or Alternate-Day Block Scheduling would require students to alternately attend classes every other day. For example, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, a student might attend Math, Physical Education (P.E.), and Science, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays the student might attend Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Art.
The length of each class would be extended daily, and/or on the alternate days that a student would not attend a particular class they could attend a study hall, where they’d be required to complete assignments from previously attended classes; all grade school students should also receive a syllabus for each course, as I’ve previously discussed, which would help to keep students and parents abreast of all assignments and their due dates. This would further allow students time to complete, at school, what would ordinarily be homework assignments and other class projects (including those that require use of technology that the students may not have access to after class), and with instructor/paraprofessional assistance.
Implementation of A/B/Alternate-Day Block Scheduling in middle and high school would also better prepare students for college; in addition to availing students time to employ use of tutoring and computer labs that, at present, they do not have adequate time to utilize in most grade schools, A/B/Alternate-Day Block Scheduling is the scheduling method that is utilized in traditional colleges. Implementation of A/B/Alternate-Day Block Scheduling would very likely prove more effective in grade schools than colleges because of compulsory attendance requirements.
Implementation of A/B/Alternate-Day Block Scheduling would, thus, improve student academic performance, decrease episodes of grade retention, improve graduation rates, and, accordingly, save school districts significant revenues/resources.