Our school district has adopted a quarter-block schedule for this year and we are starting the school year 100% online. We have a 7 period day so I will see my even period students for one hour each day during Q1 and Q3, and I will see my odd period students for during Q2 and Q4. We have some random flex time and structures in the afternoon to make up the required instructional minutes, but ultimately I am seeing my students for 1/2 the time of a traditional school year.
My biggest concern is around prepping my “even” period classes that I will only see in Q2 and Q4 for the AP exam, since Q4 starts at the beginning of April. I am considering starting the year with Unit 3 and trying to complete 3-8 and Create PT in the first semester so that it is finished by the portfolio submission deadline, then trying to cover non-coding CS topics (1,2,9,10) in the second semester since we have at least a few more weeks before the MC exam in May.
If I do it this alternative sequence: would it be better to do this for all of my classes, or should I follow the regular structure for my Q1,Q3 class and just use the alternative structure for the Q2,Q3 cohort? Or should I stick to the regular sequence and somehow hope that my students learn enough programming to earn partial credit on the Create PT?
Greatly appreciate your feedback, thoughts, and suggestions!