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Cohorts..now scheduling

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Elizheisey_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Dec 10 2003 - 10:21:43 PST


Thanks Judy...you are awesome.
We talked today to consider teaching together as a team so that students have 2 weeks with the opposite teacher.
This way it would be more fair for everyone and would have many other benefits...We both teach different lessons pretty much every year so we may just have beginning and advanced art and simply alternate 2-d (formerly mine) and 3-d (formerly hers). Not without a lot of work but something i hadn't really thought about before.
Does anyone do their student scheduling by hand any more? We are a small school; 450 students. We are done on a computer. Anything but the basic 4 classes is very hard to deliberately schedule. It must be hand adjusted with much ado. Art students are constantly having to make special request because it just doesn't get on the art kids' schedules enough. It is also difficult for students to schedule other single offering classes.
I would like to see hand scheduling done with each department represented at a table in the gym. As students come in, the students with a parent would schedule their top priority class first and then by hand fill in with the rest of what they need. If they find they cannot schedule all they hoped for, at least they could work out their second choices themselves. This is how we did it 20 years ago and I still think it would beat the computer.
Anyone have a more educated guess on this?
Beth

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