Balanced Day- What is it all about?
An Instructional day = 300 program minutes plus recess and lunch break. (following either traditional or balanced day). We are currently on a traditional timetable. Balanced Day is intended to improve the learning day on many fronts.
A Balanced day timetable = 3 learning blocks (100 minutes each) + 2 breaks.
Brain compatible research supports the balanced day as it optimizes student focus on the learning task, and maintains adequate nutrition levels.
Students are not expected to sit still for 100 minutes. The blocks give teachers flexibility to integrate curriculum. Within the blocks, teachers provide ample movement and changes to keep students engaged in learning.
Both Breaks (called Lunch #1 and Lunch #2) include 20 minutes eating, 25 minutes outdoor time. Same start () and dismissal times () due to bussing.
Recess times are usually fully used (students go out for 25 minutes- play hard and get in with fewer students Alosing it@.) Instructional time is protected.
Less time is lost from instructional time since students are Agetting ready@ for recess 2X instead of 3X. (Especially in snow-pant weather) Less time is wasted going up and down hallways and getting dressed.
Healthier eating habits are encouraged through 2 small lunches (instructional time is not lost to snack times). Students eat lunch at and .
A few of the schools on Balanced Day are: John Wise, Mitchell Hepburn, Pierre Elliot Trudeau,
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