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Block scheduling

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ARopple
Mon, 17 Mar 1997 06:43:35 -0500 (EST)

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I am interested in anyone who can share information about the effects of
block scheduling on their schools art program. My school is in transition
now. Currently kids get art class throughout the year in Gr. 6 & 7, and can
choose it as a half-year elective for Gr. 8. Thoughts are at the school that
changing the program so that kids meet for only part of a year (for more time
-- hopefully) would be a good possibility, to allow for interdisc projects.
However, meeting & planning with other teachers is essential to such
projects, and usually teachers meet when the kids are in art -- the standard
catch 22. My basic questions:
1) I notice such a dramatic change in student development throughout the year
that I would hate to have a student miss out on the art experience during
such change -- losing connection to art as a method of expression &
possibility. It takes some kids longer than six to eight weeks to involve
themselves on a high level.
2) How can concepts be reinforced when the kids are not in class ? Art has
its own curricular content that could easily fill up an class that meets
everyday -- to teach a group on a short term basis would not allow for such
reinforcement.
3) While I like interdisc projects & have done several within my school, how
does being tied in with teams effect the general curriculum ? Does anyone
have experience with art getting marginalized as the "poster maker" or
support entity for major subject content (product over process, etc.) ?

Thanks to anyone who can offer info !!
Amy ROpple
ARopple


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