What is a flex period and how can it be used in middle and high schools? A flex period is an allotted period of time during the school day that teachers use to meet with one or more students. They meet for extra help, intervention, enrichment, social-emotional learning, and more. In these articles, learn more about what a flex period is and how one or more can be used to meet student needs.

At Enriching Students, we have seen many examples of schools that have been able to help their students by means of a flexible period. They have been able to improve student achievement, help students catch up when they are struggling, make time for enrichment, and meet their students’ social-emotional needs. Our goal is to empower teachers to give students what they really need: time.

We hope you find the articles below useful! If you would like to learn how Enriching Students can help your school manage its flexible time, even if for you, school is happening remotely, reach out to us by scheduling a demo.

How Do You Support Whole-Child Learning? One Massachusetts School’s Student-Centered, Personalization Journey


At Andover High School in Massachusetts, administration was searching for transformation. As in many schools across the country, educators are seeking a way to improve learning for students, to make the shift from a schedule driven by content, to one that enables students to build relationships, master what they're [...]

How Do You Support Whole-Child Learning? One Massachusetts School’s Student-Centered, Personalization Journey2020-09-03T14:24:09-04:00

How to Make Your Flex Time Implementation Successful


What makes or breaks a new program at a school? Often, preparedness and having all (or most) staff onboard. All of the systems of support need to be in place. If a school is considering adding a flex period to their school schedule for extra help, intervention, remediation, enrichment, [...]

How to Make Your Flex Time Implementation Successful2020-09-01T07:00:40-04:00

Is MTSS the New RTI?


RTI refers to Response to Intervention – a model and plan of action to care for the academic needs of students. This model is often illustrated by a 3 tiered pyramid. The bottom represents general instruction given to all students. The middle section, or tier 2 instruction is more [...]

Is MTSS the New RTI?2020-09-01T07:06:10-04:00

How a Flex Block Goes Hand In Hand With Genius Hour


Passion is a crucial part of successful learning. Why? Because when students care about what they’re doing, their learning will improve. For one, it helps students to be more creative thinkers. They can find a purpose and gain confidence in their school experience -- something that may especially benefit [...]

How a Flex Block Goes Hand In Hand With Genius Hour2022-02-09T15:56:52-05:00

Social Emotional Learning That Works


In the stressful world that teenagers live in, it’s clear that more than just academic learning is required for true success. To deal with current and future pressure, and to learn work-life balance, students need to develop social and emotional skills. But for teachers whose days are packed with [...]

Social Emotional Learning That Works2020-09-01T07:08:04-04:00

The Benefits of Responsive Scheduling


Meeting the needs of students in a flexible, timely manner may be one of the most difficult components of personalized learning.  Students are at all different levels of learning, emotionally and academically. As a teacher, how your students learn and how quickly they process information may not go as [...]

The Benefits of Responsive Scheduling2020-09-01T07:08:47-04:00

Why Choose Enriching Students?


If you’re a school who’s currently using an activity period, or flex block, and looking to manage that time, you may be wondering what software to choose from. When it comes to managing this time, there may be a number of tools to choose from. What makes Enriching Students [...]

Why Choose Enriching Students?2020-09-01T07:12:43-04:00

Getting the Most Out of Your Activity Period


What is an 'Activity Period'? Many schools have added an 'activity period' to their daily schedule schedule. What is it? An activity period is a flexible period of time during the school day, often used for enrichment activities, or extra help. But is there more you can do with [...]

Getting the Most Out of Your Activity Period2020-09-01T07:13:27-04:00

How do students use their flex time? The survey results might surprise you.


Have you heard of Response to Intervention (RTI) or maybe Multiple Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). How about the term 'flex block'? Many schools have implemented what's called a 'flex block' into their schedule, to make time in the school day for interventions, extra help, and more. But is this [...]

How do students use their flex time? The survey results might surprise you.2020-09-01T07:14:23-04:00

The Road to High School Dropout Starts in Middle School


In the Bronx, a 6th grade girl named Omarina finds her life falling apart. She and her mother are evicted from their apartment. Omarina and her father, who left the family when she was young, are about to be reunited when he dies of a stroke. As her mother [...]

The Road to High School Dropout Starts in Middle School2020-09-01T07:16:43-04:00
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