I just want to add a comment here about the following: > > Most schools do > > not have this or the special teachers (art, music, ph ed) are excluded > > from the planning sessions, because they use those times to tell the > > classroom teachers how to work with the students. > > I'm not sure I follow you here, but if I were being excluded from having > a say about my classes, you can bet I would include myself, invited or > not.
Many of these planning sessions are held while the special teachers are
holding classes. In my school the specials are scheduled so the other
teachers can have collaborative planning. I have never had
collaborative planning built into my schedule and I have to run around
the school grabbing people where I can find them. (I want to say here,
that the staff I work with are wonderful, even when I get them on the