I totally empathize. The only way I can keep track of what is going on is by
using post-it-notes---I have a folder for each day of the week, and I make
sure I note what each class is doing that day. then--I have to make sure
that I read the notes. I keep all those notes on my folder all year, so I
can go back and check to see what a particular class has done. It does
drive me crazy how I can't keep all the grades on the same track. Right now
my Friday classes are 3 weeks behind the other classes--I will have to
eliminate a project for all of them. Sometimes I will have a particular
class that has gotten way ahead have an "art game day" or do a one day
project, to try to get them on track with the other classes in that grade.
----- Original Message -----
From: "chris massingill" <email@example.com>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Monday, April 10, 2006 6:51 AM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] how many preps
> Ok, since we're talking about preps.... I have a
> question. I teach elementary art 1st - 5th grade - 29
> classes a week at three schools. At the start of the
> year, each grade level worked on the same project - by
> Wednesday I did't even have to look at my planner - I
> knew what each class was doing.
> However, somewhere along the line, things got out of
> wack. I ran into problems like a noisy class that got
> behind or early dismissals and school holidays not to
> mention the supply differences between the schools.
> So, I now practically have to plan for each class
> individually - and it's making me a little bit crazy.
> Has anyone else dealt with this problem and if so,
> what is the solution????
> chris massingill
> in Central Arkansas
> PS. someone, maybe the first poster, mentioned that
> elementary teachers get more planning time, but I only
> get 40 minutes before or after school - none during
> the day - is that different from what other teachers
> are getting?
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