Jane, this happened to me as well, but not as bad as yours- I had 7 a day, one day a week, 6 on the other four days, and ended up doing computer art with each class on the day of 7 classes. Mine was of 7 different grade levels on that day. It was meant to give the "real"teachers an extra plan time. I had to think of something that didn't need prep, but accommodated each grade, and still allowed for artistic growth- the computer lab was perfect for this. I just blocked out that day each time the sign up sheet was posted. THEN, I got vocal, and am now a rep (union) for my school. My principal wasn't very receptive to changing to a more workable schedule. I was the ONLY teacher in my district with this schedule-This year's schedule is much better with five art (different grade levels) and one remediation ( math and lang arts) per day.I get three plans a week, like everybody else. I agree with whomever said to approach it from the students' benefits. It is impossible to have that many classes, prep and ASSESS or do any kind of art making that involves messy materials.in that kind of learning/teaching situation. It is a fast track to burnout . What I realize now, it that changing schedules every year, overloading it, and trying to cnntinually figure out what is workable as far as trying to deliver a quality program when no one else seems to care, LEAST of all, the administrator -has started to wear on me. If you cannot get your schedule changed, I would do One lesson per day, and modify for the grade level. Hang in there- and speak up!
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As the beginning of school come closer, we start with kids on Wednesday, I am really concerned with my schedule.
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.