I love our teaming model for middle school, but it does work because of what we call our Related Arts classes. I believe that when done for the right reasons and done well, it is what is best for students. Our school day is 8:15 - 4:15, students 9:15-3:45.
CORE teachers (team is Math, LA, Science, SS) have the same kids. They teach 4- 58 minute classes a day. They have one prep period a day. During the week there is another planning time each day for CORE teachers meet as a team. They also meet with subject alike areas and grade level teams.
Related Arts--RATs--(choir, band, wellness, world language, drama and art) teach 6 - 43 minute classes a day. We have opted to block two days a week. So I see all 6 periods on M, T and F. On Wed I see periods 1,3,5 for 86 mins and Thur I see 2,4,6 for 86 mins)
Every other week there is a meeting for representatives from each team, every other week is a staff meeting, and every other week is a CORE/RATs meeting (RAT "assigned" to a CORE team).
6th graders not in band have a quarter each of drama, music exploration, art and literature exploration. Additionally they have a semester of either French or Spanish and a semester of Wellness (combination PE and Health).
7th and 8th have a semester of either French or Spanish and a semester of Wellness (combination PE and Health). If not in band they may also choose 2 semester classes that include choir, drama, play production, leadership, percussion, photo journalism, art, guitar. 8th grade also has a year long choir option.
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(middle school in Oregon)