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Lesson Plans

Re: Team concept

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Norman Brown (
Tue, 22 Apr 1997 13:44:01 -0400 (EDT)

Hi, I couldn,t help but respond to your delima...having had similar
experiences here in Pgh...... Get to know and talk to your school board
members....I find that this is one resource and approach may teacher
avoid. When the arts and music were getting crunched...we form our own
Fine arts advocacy group and began attending each board meeting.the
results have been astonishing and board members have become the biggest
advocates for the arts that we have....Good luck.
Norm Brown
Schenley High School

On Mon, 21 Apr 1997, Ellyn Wenk wrote:

> Sue
> The same thing has happened to me. Because of the team concept, they
> use art, music,and phyed to give the teachers their breaks so they can
> get together to plan for their classes. Instead of a subject that is
> considered core we are reduced to being a filler for giving breaks to
> classroom teachers! Our schedules are all screwed up with no
> consideration for our need for preps and such.
> We were left out of all the team planning.. The music teacher the IMC
> director and I all decided to team plan ourselves and we collaborated
> together. We had to beg for a special ed representative to join us
> once a week to collaborate with us. We wanted to learn the same
> methods that the others were learning to meet the needs of the
> children with special needs at their meetings. After all, we teach
> all the children in the school! The speceial ed teachers would not
> schedule a time for us, instead they left it up to us to figure out a
> way to do it. If we could figure out a way then they would join us.
> They of course planned the whole thing for the classroom teachers.
> I don't think this team planning works for the gifted population
> either. Since it began the schedule of the teachers has been less
> flexible and this does not allow for creative acceleration or other
> methods that usually work with the gifted children.
> And the classroom teachers themselves feel this team planning time is
> pretty much a waste of time for them and they would rather be in their
> classroom getting ready for their day.
> Ellyn