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Elementary schedule troubles seem to be everywhere. If it isn't seven
classes a day (on a less than full-time contract) then it is the alphabet
soup approach to some crazy mix of levels and preparation needs.
Every year the specialists at my school have to negotiate our schedule
options, but our best option has been to split the school into two fairly
equal halves. On half of the classes come to art for nine-weeks and the
other half goes to music. We switch at the quarters so that students have
art and music both semesters.
It takes a little getting use to with an accelerated schedule, but the
benefits are half the number of students to get to know and grade, more data
and assessment opportunities before reporting periods, true closure and the
"honeymoon" period every nine weeks and more retention between class
As a side note, I am the NAEA sub-committee chair on working conditions for
Delegates Assembly. Every state president was sent a survey on issues and
concerns by state organizations concerning working conditions. The survey
is due back to me by September 15. If you have issues or concerns that you
feel NAEA can address on working conditions please communicate them to your
state president ASAP.
Elementary Art Specialist
& Past-President AZ Art Ed. Association
>I just want to whine......if you don't mind, if you do (sorry). Check out
>my morning schedule today (sung to the tune of "Nobody Knows the Troubles
>I've Seen", hee hee). First Grade, Kindergarten, Fifth Grade, Fourth
>Grade....there's got to be a better way! I'll work on it...but for this
>year, that's what I've got, hand me a tissue Tito!