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Yes, I seem to have broken the issue in a little, but it always
merits more discussion, particularly for those of us who are in the process
of considering alternative schedules. My department sounds very much like
yours, (I am the part-timer), and this is my second year in this position,
after two years substituting. My department chair and my other colleague
both seem to be reluctant when approaching this, due to concerns of fighting
over students with other elective areas, having a group of un-motivated (by
couselor or parent forced enrollment) students, etc. We have formed study
groups - groups of about five teachers each, broken up according to our
prep. periods NOT by department (so we can get a feel for what the faculty
on the whole is thinking. And, we're considering a schedule change in the
fall of '97. We've used this year for research, and have plans to use the
next to work out how things will operate and have some time for inservice
before actual implementation.
Let me know if I can help by providing copies of responses from
other ArtsEdNet members on this subject!
Rutherford B. Hayes High School