Another Post Got Me Thinking - Specials

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  1. a2z

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    Why do we call music, art, and gym specials? Aren't they part of the regular curriculum and to be approached as seriously as other subjects?

    I wonder if part of the reason that they aren't taken as seriously is that the profession inadvertently diminishes their importance by word choice. That, in turn, makes them easy to cut or for parents, students, and sometimes other teachers to see them as more frivolous.

    I do remember a time when they were specials and they were all pass/fail, but that was a very, very long time ago.

    What do you call them in your school? Any opinions?
     
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    We don’t call them specials. We only have music and PE. PE is the responsibility of the classroom teacher, but music is with our music teacher.
    I try to integrate art whenever I can, but it does not have a set time in our schedule.

    I feel like the term specials makes the class/subject seem like a reward. “If you don’t do xyz, you will not go to specials!” Like you said, they are part of the regular curriculum and should be treated as such.
     
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    We call them specials.

    Our students only have specials a few days a week. I feel that every "special" should be a part of the regular curriculum and be offered daily. PE can easily incorporate science, music and art could easily incorporate reading and writing when learning about history and technique.
     
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    Our school calls them "Encore" classes
     
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    We call them by their names.
     
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    We call them encore classes.
     
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    Officially they are called Integrated Arts classes. We all call them specials or just by the class name of whatever we have that day.
     
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    DH’s school calls them related arts. My school calls them exploratory classes.
     
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    As soon as someone develops a state test for art, music, or PE, they won't be so "special" any more.
     
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    I had never heard of "specials" before becoming a part of these forums. Phys Ed and the Arts (Drama, Dance, Visual Arts and Music) all have their own curriculum expectations that students are required to achieve and have as much importance on the report card (and when calculating averages) as every other subject.
     
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    They all have a curriculum here, too. They used to be tested, but that went away with the last update.
     
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    Specials, lol! Why not just call them by their names? Art, PE, and Music seem like pretty universal terms to me.
     
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    We use the names, but my grouping of teachers is "specials teachers" indicating that we d not see the kids every day like the classroom teachers. I teach science, though, so I'm kinda in between?
     
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    We use the names, but my grouping of teachers is "specials teachers" indicating that we d not see the kids every day like the classroom teachers. I teach science, though, so I'm kinda in between?
     

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