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I give it thumbs down. 40 minutes is too little time for lesson presentation,
question and answer, checking for understanding, passing out materials and
cleaning up. Have your administrator watch a 40 minute class. Does she see the
pained look on the children's faces with a rush-through assignment? Does she
see the frustration on those that are not good listeners? I have a 45 minute
lesson for each grade, and I certainly feel curtailed with the limited time
frame. Have your administrator observe an 'average' 40 minute class and
observe the same lesson with a 'average' 50 minute class. I'll suggest third
grade, their personalities clash and their just learning to follow directions
I hope I wrote this in time.