Curriculum

The Block Plan and Colorado College

The Block Plan and Colorado College

To many college applicants there must be something illicit about the block plan, especially as it is practiced by Colorado College.

The Block plan, which was incorporated into Colorado College’s curriculum in 1970, allows a student to take one course at a time. Each block is 3.5 weeks, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Wednesday four weeks later. Then there is a 4.5 day block-break, so students can decompress after the intensity of the immersion and go skiing near Pike’s Peak, rafting on the Colorado River, or visiting the four corners to study the Anasazi Indian remnants. 

The Science of Teaching Science: It’s the Method not the Teacher that Matters

The Science of Teaching Science: It’s the Method not the Teacher that Matters

If you were to discover a method to almost double the learning from the same amount of time spent in class and on homework, chances are you’d want to use this method across all your studies.  Research just published in the Science journal by Louis Deslauriers and Carl Wieman, a Nobel Prize winning physicist at the University of British Columbia (UBC), showed that a method called “deliberate practice” produced dramatic results.