In a message dated 8/22/04 4:17:49 PM Central Daylight Time,
<< This is it- I have 7- 30 min. classes - before lunch. For example, I have
3 -4th, 2- 2nd, and 2- 3rd on the first day. Then I have lunch (30 min,) and a
30 min. prep. Then I have 2- 1st grades. >>
That is insane! I knew a fellow art teacher had had nine classes per day
last year and it was killing him. His solution: He proposed to his principal
that each class have art for one hour once every two weeks instead of 30 mins of
art per week. He presented this idea in a way that stated the benefits for
the students (not the teacher). For example, 30 min classes are just too short
to do any painting or 3-D projects because of lengthy set-up and clean up
time. Anyway, the principal got the okay from the superintendent and now he only
has four to five classes per day and HE IS LOVING TEACHING ART AGAIN!
As a side, the teachers like the new system because 30 minutes was not enough
time for them to get preparing, grading, etc. done. You could try this,
however, I would stress the benefits of this in terms of how it would benefit your
students. Hope this helps.