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Officials at Illini West say longer class periods will enhance learning


Come next school year, students at Illini West will spend less time hustling through the hallways, and more time in the classroom learning.

Right now, each class meets for 43 minutes a day, but with the new 8 block scheduling, classes will meet for 80 minutes at a time.

Each class will either meet Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.

On Fridays, the subjects will alternate by the week to make sure each subject receives sufficient time. 

Vocational teacher Peggy Latherow said she thinks the 80 minute periods will help her students learn the material better.

"They can kind of culminate at the very end and be able to draw conclusions and project things from that and it will all be done in one block of time rather than have the down time and have to re-explain all over again," said Latherow.

Principal Brad Gooding said his goal with the new scheduling is to get his students to learn as much as they can during the day, because when some students go home, school work is not a priority.

"Here we are hoping that teachers can relax with their lesson plans.  Students can relax a little bit. Take their time and cover the concepts that need to be covered a little more in depth," said Gooding.  

But Gooding said while some of the vocational and science teachers are excited about the extra time, some math teachers have reservations about the switch.

"Math seems to suffer at times because we are not meeting everyday to keep re-enforcing those concepts that you are learning," said Gooding.

But Gooding said the math department is working on ways to make the 8 block schedule work for them, just like Latherow is doing in her classroom.

"Timing of how we need to kind of break things into time chunks for the students and have activities and hands-on learning, so then it will have a positive impact for all types of learning styles," said Latherow.  

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