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Lesson Plans


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Fri, 28 Feb 1997 11:02:14 -0500 (EST)

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Kathy - In both of my schools, the scheduling also has been done by phys. ed
teachers for all the "specials". Since I am new in this district, I told
both principals that I would like to be part of the scheduling process, and
this request was welcomed. I need at least 5 minutes between classes, but
preferably 15 minutes between grade level changes. I currently have 4th and
5th grades on the same day; I tend to do more complicated activities with
them, and so I would like these grades split over two days. My supervisor is
proposing one hour long classes next year (we are at 45 minutes now) for all
art classes, including kindergarten. While I welcome the extra class time,
the reason behind it is disturbing. This is due to Time & Learning issues,
where classroom teachers have complained that "specialists" do not have as
many contact hours with students. And that goes back to a recent discussion
about how classroom teachers perceive our roles. My favorite story is of the
fifth grade teacher, whom I overheard as he walked his class down to my room
for art: "Kids, you know there is no talking in the halls. But when you get
to Art, you can talk as much as you want."

Diane Jaquith
Newton, MA

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