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Lesson Plans

creative scheduling

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Sears, Ellen (
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 12:47:36 -0500

I need some help with problem solving.
I teach grades 4-8 this year. I have the 4th and 5th graders one hour per
week. I have the middle school students for 2 six week periods. (There are
three groups)
There are 5 academic (not my title) teachers in the middle school. Science,
Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Spanish - don't even get me started
on that one. Right now the language arts classes are a two hour block (our
7th graders have a state assessed writing portfolio to complete.)

Anyway... our new principal is really into 'teaming'. Common planning time
etc. Of course the common planning time really takes place during the
related arts period. So it's not really common, is it? I work closely with
the math and science teacher, I have really sold myself to the principal...
he knows my math and science background and would prefer to incorporate it -
but then in the team meeting Friday he said art fits with Social Studies and
language arts - "loosey goosey" - (deep inhale.) I've had the math teacher
and the science teacher go to him. Next year the 7th and 8th grade teachers
will have a two hour block of common planning time while the students rotate
to art, PE, music, computer and counseling.

The parents want more PE time for the students (they used to have 18 weeks,
while art and music had six... it changed this year to even things out.).

I have fought the battle of the academic status of the arts - I'm tired.
Should I continue working with other teachers/subjects or just stay in my
room and do my thing.

Does anyone have an example of a schedule that incorporates time for
everyone? Anything that involves flexible scheduling? A team that includes
art? A schedule that changes each semester? We are supposed to go to him
with proposals - Unfortunately for me the PE teacher has the time and
ability for scheduling - I don't have the time to know if I have the
ability. He - as well as two other teachers - have beat me to him with



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