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Re: scheduling-Help!

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Ann Weaver (aweaver)
Mon, 05 Apr 1999 16:47:49 -0400

I have had the same problem for many years. Last year I did an end of
year survey with my 4th and 5th graders. A question concerning one
thing they would change about art was answered over and over that they
did not have enough time in art. I talked with my principal about it.
We discussed how much time was actually wasted in getting started and
cleaning up, plus time walking between classes. Talked about student
frustration in having to stop just when their creative juices were
really flowing and they were getting into what they were doing. When
he made the schedule for this school year, he took that into
consideration and gave me 75 minute classes, BUT every other week
instead of every week. The children have been able to accomplish more,
but we didn't really gain any class time since I had been having them
every week for 45 minutes. I appreciated my principal's willingness to
try something new, but I don't know what to expect next year. Some of
the classroom teachers don't like it. Another problem that has been
horrendous with this schedule is that he has allowed other pullouts to
come during art time. Some of my kids leave after 10 minutes and come
back with 20 minutes left in the class. Some are with me part of the
year and some haven't been able to come at all. I am not happy with
that. Often the ones who are pulled from art (also pe) are the ones who
truly need the artistic outlet. I am looking forward to other
suggestions that I might share with my principal(who is a super