Thanks for posing the 7 period day Q. I have been teaching that wonderful 80 minute class
until now and my school just changed to the 45 min. class in a 7 period day. I have been in
denial as far as thinking about this this summer.-thanks for the reality check.
As far as why- I know the 2 reasons at my school.
#1 entice students with more electives.
#2 more remedial math and reading so we can get off the bad school list.
I appreciate your suggestions Jeff. THe only pro active thing I have done so far is last spring
when I did the schedule I scheduled AP next to intermediate classes thinking that students
may be able to take 2 back to back or stay late/come in early.
Gabrielle in Minneapolis
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Seven Period Day Advise Needed
> I have read over the last two months several art teachers that seem
> to be in the same boat that you are in. The transition to a 45 to
> 55 min period from a 80 min period.
> I have for years worked with a 55 min schedule. I see students
> everyday for 18 weeks. Our elective art classes run for a semester
> each. The key is to keep demo's or lectures to around 10 mins, have
> materials laid out and organized so students can pick them up, keep
> the traffic paths in class open so students can move about getting
> materials with ease, review clean up and figure depending on
> mediums a good 10 mins for the most messy. Under this schedule work
> gets stretched out more and flow of ideas sometimes is hampered
> because a student just gets started then has to stop and clean up.
> If you think it will be hard getting use to think about how it will
> be for students who are use to the 80 min classes. On the first
> day talk about that and let them know you all have to work as a
> team to make it work. Respect of materials and being responsible
> for ones on clean up is "very" important now with the limited time
> Question: Why did they change the schedule? No one has really
> answered that. I am curious.
> Jeff (Minnesota)
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