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Leah, This schedule is NUTS! The "special teachers" sit in on scheduling
for the next year to prevent such a travesty. The extra wear and tear on
you, putting out different materials every hour is too exhausting. You
might check with your union people. In the H. S. here teachers may not have
more than 3 preps in a day. Last year I had 3 class changes in a day and
that was plenty. Your schedule describes 4 in a day times 7 classes. It's
just not fair!
I forgot to mention, the toughest part of teaching 7, 40 min. elementary
classes a day, is not the teaching time. It's not really even the prep.
that it takes. The toughest part is the mixed grade levels, one after the
other. My toughest day last year went grade 1, 2, 5, 3, 2, 1, 1. This year
will be even more mixed up, with kindergarten scattered throughout the week
(instead of on one day, like the last two years). Although it's interesting,
changing materials for different activities is difficult and confusing.
I've been meaning to use the same media at the same time for each grade
level (or group the grades like some of you do), but it never seems to work
out that way. Because I remain flexible, and try to work along with what
other teachers are doing, I end up doing a whole spectrum of things!
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