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Re: schedules

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Teresa Tipton (
Sat, 1 Mar 1997 11:48:13 -0800 (PST)

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You may not be able to change the attitude of adults except slowly and
over time, but hour blocks for art are a dream schedule compared to 45
minutes. 45 minutes gives you enough time to hurry through an
introduction; a simple demo and then forget about finishing a lesson in
one block. An hour gives you time to do an adequate job with pre-set and
gives you a good block for process work. I currently
have 1 1/2 hour blocks and can't imagine going back to anything less.

As for talking, my rule of thumb in class is "If you're talking, your hand
must be walking..." i.e. working on your art. If there's too much chatter
I tell them that they need to use all of their brain for art and talking
takes away half of it. That usually quiets them for a while. Music in the
background helps keep the class more focused on their work as well.

Teresa Tipton

Fri, 28 Feb 1997 Didij wrote:

> Kathy - In both of my schools, the scheduling also has been done by phys. ed
> teachers for all the "specials". Since I am new in this district, I told
> both principals that I would like to be part of the scheduling process, and
> this request was welcomed. I need at least 5 minutes between classes, but
> preferably 15 minutes between grade level changes. I currently have 4th and
> 5th grades on the same day; I tend to do more complicated activities with
> them, and so I would like these grades split over two days. My supervisor is
> proposing one hour long classes next year (we are at 45 minutes now) for all
> art classes, including kindergarten. While I welcome the extra class time,
> the reason behind it is disturbing. This is due to Time & Learning issues,
> where classroom teachers have complained that "specialists" do not have as
> many contact hours with students. And that goes back to a recent discussion
> about how classroom teachers perceive our roles. My favorite story is of the
> fifth grade teacher, whom I overheard as he walked his class down to my room
> for art: "Kids, you know there is no talking in the halls. But when you get
> to Art, you can talk as much as you want."
> Diane Jaquith
> Newton, MA

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