Wow - more power to you! My classes have always ranged between 45 min and an hour, and I've taught in 5 different schools, HS as well as elementary, which is where I am now. Since my present school is well-off and private, my schedule and classes is not nearly as full as yours is. At one time I had a much tighter schedule, and 5 min. between classes as you described, but then my classes were 50 min. long. My one trick was to have a quick daily assignment on the board, and the kids learned to come in and do that first. At the end of the year, these assignments were all assembled into a sketchbook. The daily assignment, tho, gave me a few extra min. to finish putting away the previous classes stuff and get out supplies needed for the upcoming class. Additionally, it would reinforce, very simply, a concept we were learning about. One other idea is to use the same supplies for back to back classes. - Less cleanup that way.
Hopefully you will get your schedule changed for next year.
From: jane mary [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Mon 8/23/2004 7:36 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: Fwd: FW: schedules-Look At This How Horrid!
I appreciate all those that responded to the schedule problem. I still would be interested in how long your art classes are in elem. One of our problems is that we share teachers between buildings- elem. and 5-6 middle. Middle school has a block schedule of 80 min. classes. This does not mesh well with 30 min. elem. schedules. Also our district is growing so fast! They added a kindergarten,2nd and 3rd grade to my building last Thursday.
! Simplicity is the key for me I think. I ordered those movable figures this year and I was going to put one on each table so they could draw bubble people first in several positions. PE was going to do something in this vain and so was music. Now I think I will tie it in to Keith Haring figures and do something 2D.