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On Mon, 21 Apr 1997, Ellyn Wenk wrote:
> 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.