Part of being a teacher is the ability to flex. We flex around abilities, around class offerings, and, unfortunately, around schedules. Everything can be adapted, shortened, modified, and pared down. The transition from block schedule to a traditional 7 period day, wont be easy, but can be done. In 50 minutes, a teacher can review skills, get a lively discussion started, and just as lightning strikes and the ideas flow freely, the bell will ring. And she or he will have to recapture that energy the following day. It can be done. A good teacher can surely make up those 4000 minutes that will be lost in the change of schedule. One of our hidden talents is that we are magicians. At the end of the day, I will always be a teacher, and I will know, and do know that I am doing my very best. Schedules come and go. Teachers endure.
I love my job. Teaching is an art and I enjoy learning and growing along with my students. I can't think of any thing else I'd rather do.