As the hallways flooded with students in the first week of school, a mass confusion about the schedule drove through the calm flow of the day. Change was causing many students to become lost as they tried to grasp an understanding on the constantly changing blocks. After four weeks, Bullis students have settled in and are now starting to adjust to the new year.
The new schedule was implemented this school year as a way to offer more flexibility for teachers. The longer classes allow for more in-depth lessons which were not an option in the past. Another aspect of the new schedule is the ability for students to take part in afternoon internships.
When the new schedule was released last year students were not excited about the change. Many of the students had become very comfortable with the old schedule and did not want alterations. The old schedule was easily remembered and only changed partially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It was a constant pattern and students were not excited about losing that familiarity.
The overall reaction after four weeks has turned positive as many students commend the new schedule. Most students find it much easier when they only have five or six classes a day instead of seven like last year. Students have mentioned that they feel less stressed with homework because they might have two days to work on an assignment if they do not have the class the next day.
“At first it was a little confusing, and it still is slightly, but now I feel like I'm getting a good grasp on it. Overall the schedule is a big improvement from years past” said senior Kevin Heymann.
Teachers keep students involved and focused by using the longer blocks to do more interactive lessons. For example students have the ability to not only complete a science lab but now even discuss the results with their classmates. It’s these types of classes that help the students stay focused and alert for the larger period of time.
Although many students find the new schedule a big improvement from the old one, some are still not thrilled with the changes. Without a doubt everyone has been confused at some point about where they needed to be and when. The blocks are constantly rotating which has forced many students to carry their own personal schedule around in order to be in the right place at the right time.
“I think last years was better because we had each class every day and it was easier to keep track of everything and stay organized.” says junior Ben Webster.
Change is often received with negative reactions, and the schedule last year was no different. Now students are praising the alterations and are thankful for what the new schedule is offering. The Bullis admissions and board should truly be given a shout out for coming up with this change. It's an important change for the students as they now have more interactive lessons and what seems to some as a more manageable homework load.