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Academic Guidelines

Link Block / Wise Time

We have a 26 minute flexibility block – Link Block / Wise Time – in our Monday through Thursday schedule. The purpose of this will be to allow students and teachers to work together in ways not practical within the previous time structure. We hope it will allow us to use time more as an enabling factor, rather than just a limiting factor.

Examples of how Wise Time may be used include:

  • Teachers can spend dedicated time with individual students or with small groups of students (this may be to support basic learning through ‘extra help’ or to extend learning); 
  • Students can have an opportunity within the school day to complete work and/or to work with other students; students and teachers who are not currently in class together can meet and work together (this will facilitate IB Extended Essay work, allow students to complete learning from earlier semesters, students to get help from teachers they had in previous years, students to meet with teachers in connection with extra-curricular activities, etc.); 
  • Teachers in departments can offer their specialization or interests to all students (e.g. a teacher especially adept at helping students prepare for a certain type of assessment might offer ‘workshops’); 
  • While students will often be able to make their own decisions about how they can best spend their Wise Time, it will be instructional time and not “free” time. All teachers will be available during Wise Time and all students will be responsible to be: working directly with a teacher; or 
  • Working in a supervised “public space” such as the Learning Commons or foyer.

There may be opportunities when teachers will schedule time to meet with students. It is an expectation that students follow this direction.

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