Block Talk

Students aren’t able to focus during excessively long classes

Wednesday morning rolls around, you know what that means — block day. Although it may be a nice break from the norm, focusing for an hour and a half can become an issue.

The main problem is a student’s lack of focus for a full block class. Studies have been done that students on average pay full attention anywhere from 15 to 18 minutes.

Highs schools and colleges continue to stretch the average attention span way past its limits, due to fact basically nothing can actually be accomplished in only 15 minutes. Although a problem either way, the chance of students keeping it together for 50 minutes is much better than 90.

A full 90 minutes of class time is a lot to fill. Most block days feel like teachers are shoving work at you to fill time rather than actually going deeper into subjects.

screen-shot-2016-11-28-at-9-01-32-amAlong with that, students are often given free time during their block classes to do individual work on future assignments or homework.

If that’s the case, wouldn’t you rather be spending that time at home to manage however you please?

Not to mention, the overload of work that’s only done with partial attention, many students prefer a set schedule for every day and that is switched around for block days.

On the regular Monday, Tuesday and Friday, lunch begins at 11:12, while it starts on Wednesday at 10:46 and Thursday at 11:55, all different time frames of the day.

While the schedule may not seem like the biggest deal to many students a routine helps student stay on track.

It would be simple to just keep our schedule for Wednesdays and Thursdays the same as the other days.

Students would easily be more focused and everyone would notice the productivity in no time.