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Lesson Plans

Re: Teaching Schedules

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Wed, 12 Aug 1998 16:55:38 EDT

I was so overwhelmed by the elementary schedules that were being described I
couldn't formulate words to describe mine. Our school is on 4x4 except for
band and other courses which need to be all year and they are on A/B. That way
they have their student for all the competitions and they also have them all
all year which is important for performance. Now obviously I am miffed in that
they couldn't see my need to have my students throughout the year. After all
paint and clay dry at the same rate no matter how long my periods of
instruction are. Not only that I feel that students need time to absorb. I
think 4x4 moves to fast for absorbtion. I also have a problem in that students
are chosen for the Governor's School for the Arts during the Fall semester.
Scholastic also takes place at that time. I don't teach for those events but
it is hard to notify and help students prepare for either if they are not in
art at that time. To me 4x4 is for teachers who want lighter class loads and
don't care about the quality of the learning.
And I am a high school teacher with no planning period. Because they were
going to stuff my Art Major students into an Art I class. Now do you think
they honestly thought about the quality of instruction in those circumstances.
Art Major students have chosen to major in art for the next two years. Their
class will be an hour and a half for the entire year. They are supposed to be
doing advanced work. That was really going to happen in the same room with 25+
Art I's. So I opted to take them during my planning period so that they could
have a real class.
But you know what? I'll take my schedule over that of the elementary teachers
who have described theirs here on this list. At least I only have 4 hour and a
half classes per day. I don't know how they do it.