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Thought I would change the topic- we all need it I think.
As most of you know, I have told you about the strange educational reforms
happening here in GA. Well, at the middle school level it has been decided
that the kids need more academic time. So, they are cutting our classes from
55 min to 44 min and the acadmeinc time up to 60 minutes each. So basically
we will have longer periods without students. Our academinc teachers are
very jealous we will have all this 'free time" and want the exploratory
teachers to have permanent duty stations so that our planning period does
not exceed theirs (it would if we didn't do something else).
The proposed schedule for next year is 8th grade 1-2 period, 7th 3-4 period,
then we will have a huge time break- then 6-7th period 6th grade so in
order to justify our time, we will have a rotating duty stations. One being
having lunch duty (6 exploratory teachers) for the 7th and 8th grade, and to
appease the 6th grade teachers, 5 other exploratory teachers are also being
assigned two 6th grade teachers each and will do their (basically)
secretarial work.Copies, watching class for potty breaks,grade papers,
inputing grades in the computer etc. for one hour every day for the entire
year. I will still have an 88 min. planning period which includes lunch (no
Do you smell something as foul as I do? I do not like this recommendation
for our time. I am begging anyone out there in a situation like this to tell
me what you do when you do not have kids. I do not mind helping out another
teacher if they need it or pulling lunch duty- but there has got to be a
better way to use our time that works for everyone. Our principal says if we
know anyone in the middle schools to get their ideas. I told him I "knew"
some people I could ask. He needs all our proposals by the 7th of AUg. I
would love to bring in stacks of how the middls school teachers out there
have their day broken down. I hope you can help me!
Thanks and Happy Summer!
jeannie in ga
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