All the research I have read suggests that starting sometime in middle school there should be longer blocks (and thus fewer blocks on any given day) of time for student classes and activities. Students need time to settle and focus, engage, and reflect.
I am curious to hear about interesting scheduling ideas, and systems that are in place at other schools. Surely there must be alternative scheduling options to the standard 45 min, 8 periods/day routine.
It is not just students who benefit from meeting times that address their needs; so do faculty. Faculty need time to meet for a variety of reasons, but often in-school during-the-day time is difficult to find. What systems do other schools have in place to foster various group meetings?