We have a real scheduling battle in our school. The issue boils down to
classroom teachers' beliefs that a 2-hour block in the morning is necessary
for them to have a successful Language Arts program and insure student
progress in reading.
This means that we always have to schedule around "their" perceived needs vis
a vis their children, rather than the needs of "arts" teachers vis a vis
I don't happen to believe that a 2-hour block in the morning is an absolute
necessity for reading to be taught effectively and I think I can find some
data to back my belief up. Research, etc. would be appreciated if you can
point me to sources.
The additional premise on which I stand is that having visual or perfming
arts classes first thing in the morning can actually stimulate children in a
way which will increase their ability to focus on "academics" and accomplish
more in a shorter reading block.
Can you give me some more ammunition before our Site-Based Management Team
meeting on Wednesday, Oct.1?
Vera S. Baker, Arts in Education Resource Specialist
Gerena Magnet School
200 Birnie Avenue
Springfield, MA 01107