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Re: Fwd: Art Budget and More

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Ken Rohrer (kenroar)
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 00:01:09 -0600

Leslie said....

>Interesting post!
>Your 5 minutes between classes---some times enough!
>Why can't we figure out a way to treat art and music teachers the same as
>all other teachers. I now have two classes worth of clay pots(a la Maria
>Martinez) in plastic bags on cafeteria trays in corners of my room(there is
>no storage,not even room for classes of more than 16.) They didn't finish
> them(15 or 20 more minutes would have done it) and in the 5 minutes between
>classes I wasn't ready for the next class that came in. There has to be a way
>for the art program to be integrated into units and into the classroom for
>things like the native american units. There has to be a way to make
>schedules more flexible. I'm really sick and tired of of the kids
>complaining that there's not enough time to finish and then a week later
>losing interest. That's really not very educational except to me.
>Do we know anywhere that has a good scheduling for elementary specialists?


Although this was sent to me personally, I am replying it to the list
because I feel that there are some that may find it interesting.

You bring up an interesting point about scheduling at the elementary level.
Unfortunately, art, music, pe, and library teachers are used to create
preparation periods for the regular teaching staff. When the scheduling is
done, each teacher must get a prep period (for those schools who are
unionized) of at least a certain period of time. This creates an inflexible
situation in scheduling. Because of this, block scheduling- becoming
popular at the secondary level- probably won't go to the elementary level.

I believe that your only recourse is to first ask your administrator if its
OK if you attempt to bargain with a few of your teachers for altered time
slots. If you know you need an extra time period ahead of time, ask the
teacher after your class time if its OK that they switch with someone else
either on that day, or a following day. I did this occassionaly and had an
easier job because I had a second prep period on one day a week that I
could switch with someone.

I would be interested myself in knowing if anyone out there has come up
with an idea that can both accomodate the regular classroom teachers' prep
periods and also give art teachers a longer period if they need it.

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