Q&A: Ms. Rubesha


Candace Jarzombek, Author

Q: Where did you teach before you came here?

A: Munster.

Q: How long have you been teaching?

A: This is my second year.

Q: What type of schedule did your previous school have?

A: Traditional

Q: What advantages did that type of schedule have over the block-matrix schedule?

A: I think the biggest advantage of traditional over block-matrix is you get to see students every day. It’s easier to forget material [with the matrix schedule]. With traditional, you’re doing one lesson a day instead of two.

Q: What do you like about having longer class periods?

A: One nice thing is that all my labs will get done.

Q: What are some of the negatives to long class periods?

A: I think 90 minutes of one class period is tiresome. It’s easier to zone out. I always want [the students] to get up and move somehow.

Q: What do you like about matrix?

A: It can be used as a review.

Q: What do you dislike about matrix?

A: I think it’s really easy to get classes really far ahead. Students become almost restless if you do just a movie or a project.