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re:schedules

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Sears, Ellen (ESears.ky.us)
Fri, 28 Feb 97 13:10:00 PST

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I have K-8, and it was only recently that I was involved in the scheduling
process. It is always hard to please everyone. We have ungraded primary
(K-1's, 2-3's) and the K's go home at 11:30. So they get first pick for
morning slots. I have to teach middle school during elementary lunch so that
I can fit the elementary in. So, a lot of scheduling concerns are givens.

I like having the 4th grade on the same day, and 5th on the same day. As a
matter of fact, I insist that those grades be on the same day. I find
that I can make adjustments to my lessons easier if I have them together, it
really hasn't been 'boring' or 'repetitive' for me. It has made my planning
time, prep time and clean up time more efficient. (Not to mention keeping
my head a little clearer There are enough changes, this is my one
constant. The middle school kids rotate on a 6 week schedule - I feel
pretty good if I can remember who needs to be in here, what day, what week!)

I try to block team teachers back to back for my sanity (we went through the
phase where they needed common planning time - I have needs too). They
are usually working on the same thing, so it saves on getting things out...

When the specialists met with grade representatives last year, the classroom
teachers complained that they weren't having enough blocks of time with
their kids... some of our teachers have almost 2 hours of planning a day (5th
grade has PE (2/3 times a week), Spanish, Library, Computer, Art , Music
(twice), Science Lab (twice)... I think they must have common planning time
somewhere).

I do have a few minutes for pass time, but if kids are picked up late, it is
gone. Sometimes the K-1's are waiting with the 8th graders.

My schedule was so tight that it really didn't matter, there
wasn't much juggling to do. Can't wait to see how it goes this year!
Good luck,
Ellen


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