Elementary Teachers - Do you have a schedule yet?

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  1. princessa48

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    I have to wait to make mine up since we don't get our special class schedules until we go back in August:down: This is frustrating to me since I am such a planner. I really can't even plan out my first day activities since I don't know yet what time our specials/lunch will be. We usually go through like 15 drafts before we get a final copy. There has to be an easier way.

    Anybody else in the same boat? Or are you all luckier than I am to have all the info you need to make your schedule?:crosseyed
     
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    we usually don't get ours until a day or two before we start. it is annoying. our principal did say she was keeping it like last year though, so i'm planning on that right now.

    but in all honesty, i'm not thinking of school that much right now! i'm enjoying my summer vacation!:)

    LC
     
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    Our district gives us everything the day before school starts. So we can't send home letters or do schedules. Luckily I teach a departmentalized grade so it's not that hard to plan for the 3 periods I will teach.
     
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    Yes, I have my schedule already. We are getting our 4th principal in 4 years this coming year, and we've discovered it is a much easier transition to have a schedule in place when the principal comes into place. I'm also on the scheduling committee so I got to help write my 1st grade schedule. :2up: I didn't like the idea of someone else writing my schedule...that must be how I end up on so many committees!! :blush:
     
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    We get ours the day before the kids come. Class lists change around until that day too.
     
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    We don't find out when our sepcials are until a week or so after school starts. Lunch and recess are always the same though. We get our class list the Friday before school starts but often there are last minute changes on the frist day of school.
     
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    I can get my specials schedule after the 4th of July weekend. My principal e-mailed us and said we could pick them up if we stop in after then.
    As for my daily schedule, I will not have that set until a day or two before school starts if I have any of the gifted kids next year. Our gifted program is pull-out. Right now, we know that at least 2 of the 4 5th grade teachers will have gifted kids. So, those that have gifted kids have to teach math and reading at the same time and also coordinate that with the gifted teacher. It is frusterating!!!
     
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    Our schedules stay pretty much the same from year to year. The only time they change is when our specialists, some of whom also have upper school responsibilities, have changes made to their schedules. This year that doesn't look like it will happen, so all I have to do is change the date on the schedules I make last year and e-mail them to my teachers.
     
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    I just got mine this week.
     
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    We don't get ours until we start back. Even then we don't know when we'll have library or guidance--only P.E. With a new principal (2nd year in a row) there's no telling what'll be going one.
     
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    I got mine the last day of school. My previous school gave them out the week before school started.
     
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    We usually get ours when we get back for pre-planning. I keep hearing fro different sources on campus that we may be changing special area times.
     
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    Same here! Can't plan too much ahead this way, huh? :)
     
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    So you guys don't have prep period for a week? What do the specials teachers do for the week when they don't have class? The teachers in my district would be screaming like pigs stuck under a fence!
     
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    Today was our last day and we got our timetables at our staff meeting this morning. There may be a few "tweaks" toward the end of summer, but they are pretty well set.
     
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    We usually know when our specials are before the end of the year, then again we usually have contracts to sign by then too! I went in yesterday to sign my contract. There has been no mention made of specials yet. We have lost 2 of our specials due to budget cuts. . no Spanish or Art. So not sure what is going on. We're also changing our start time. Guess we'll find out in August when we go back.
     
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    Considering that it's nearly impossible for first graders in my district to qualify for special ed, and we all do our own PE, my schedule is whatever I make it. So I guess I'm lucky. Sort of.
     
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    We don't have specials for the first week, and it does drive us crazy!!! No breaks for a whole week! It is so difficult.
     
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    What's a prep period?
     
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    Our school has a planning committee made up of at least one teacher from each area and the week after school lets out the schedules are worked on and then hung up in the teacher's room if anyone wants to come in and check them out. We just started this system a few years ago and it seems to have worked out well.
     
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    No specials or prep periods for my colleagues or me. Recess and lunch stay the same, so I know my schedule for next year.
     
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    I hope to get mine soon...I want to start planning my schedule for next year (which is kinda funny since school just let out on June 20!) But I'm excited about my incoming class:)

    I know my P is changing some things from last year, including having every grade level eat lunch and then have recess afterwards. I'm anxious to see how much it has changed. I had lunch at 11:10am this year...I hope its later next year!
     
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    I am in a small school (approx 300 students), so our specials teachers also travel to other buildings and are only with us three days a week. Until our principal gets that schedule from central office, he can't do our scheduling.

    What will make my schedule much more difficult to coordinate next year is that I am expecting 5 identified students who will be pulled out, one gifted student who will be gone one day per week, and 3 students from third grade who will be coming to my fourth grade room for reading or math as they are being subject accelerated.
     
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    No specials or prep the first week or ever? I can't imagine working every day with no prep period!! So I sure hope you mean just for the first week.

    One of the schools I interviewed with last week does block scheduling and I'd get an 80 minute prep each day!!
     
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    Our leadership team does the schedules for everyone at the end of the year. With over 900 students, we have to stagger things so that support can come and help. It gets frustrating trying to fit everyone in the cafeteria and playground when the school was designed for 600 students.

    I think we came up with good schedules this year. They didn't need much tweaking from last year's schedules. Two grade levels had some issues, but they will alternate year to year when they have their preps/specials.
     
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    Ever! We are all responsible for teaching every subject- PE, art, science, etc.

    An 80 minute prep every day would certainly be incredible-wow!


     
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    I won't know my specials schedule until August and then b/c I teach in an open classroom with 3 other grade level classes we have to coordinate when our reading/math is (we are supposed to be doing it all at the same time-or at least, quiet/quiet, active/active)
     
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    Our instructional council team gets together before the end of the school year and creates our schedules. Then grade level teams meet to revise if necessary. Our schedules are complete as we begin summer break. Our resource classes (P.E., art, music, library, etc.) are given a slot but we won't know which is on which day until we return for the new year.
     
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    We won't get our specials' schedules nor our lunch schedule until the first day back. At our morning morning on that Monday morning, we will get a whole bunch of paperwork. Immediately following that meeting, I will sit down and crunch-out my daily/weekly schedule. After that, I will work on getting my nametags done... we won't get our classlists until that day also. We have OPEN HOUSE the next evening so everything has to be organized and ready for presentation to parents.
     
  31. princessa48

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    I guess I shouldn't complain too much. We don't get our schedules until the first day of inservice, but my classroom should be pretty much set up by then. I'll have a week to plan and get my nametags and other personalized stuff done for the kiddos. I did get to sneak a copy of my tentative class list because the teachers who did kindergarten screening were oh so kind and snuck it to me :) It should pretty much stay the same and my class is full at 25.
     
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    I'm not sure our principal even knows what time school starts next year. Transportation hasn't told her.

    We have about 15 minimum days for planning and collaboration. However, according to the district web site, those are still "to be determined" for the 2008-09 school year. Scary considering that minimum days actually start 10 minutes earlier at my school (resulting in very serious spike in tardies on those days).

    I'm really confused by this thread. By "schedules" do you mean recess, lunch etc?

    Or when you have things like library? I'll know my library/computer lab day some time around the second week of school (after the librarian figures it out).

    And what exactly are "specials." Is that like ELL, speech, and resource pull out? Where I work, that's all done by conferring with the ELL, speech, and resource specialists. I've actually never had a first grader in resource. Don't get me started on that. But with speech and ELL, it sort of goes like this - once again, around the second or third week of school:

    "I'd like to work with ____ on Tuesdays and Thursdays after second recess. Is that OK?"

    "Sure."


    It doesn't get any more complicated than that.

    What you all describe seems very, very foreign to me. Or is my district just unique in it's lack of planning.
     
  33. christi1273

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    Wow! I need to stop complaining about anything...no specials, not knowing till the day before school? I would be sooo stressed out. We got our schedules the last day for teachers and we separated classes for next year a few weeks before school was out...of course they aren't written in stone due to parent requests. Our principal mails our final copy the second week of July. I need to appreciate the things our principal does for us that I take for granted.
     
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    Specials, also called resources, are classes in elementary school such as art, music, and P.E. Some schools also include media/technology, or strings/instruments as specials or resources.

    We have a set time each day that these occur. At our grade level, resources are held at 1:35pm-2:20pm each day. In my class: Monday I have PE, Tuesday, I have Music. Wednesday I have Art. Thursday I have PE. Friday I have PE. Another class would have PE on Monday, and still another would have Art on Monday.

    Does that explain it?
     
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    yep-school starts August 18th and gets out on May 22 (if all goes well)!
     
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    We don't get our schedule until the week before school starts. :(
     
  37. Sarge

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    I thought it was normal for K-3 teachers to teach all of those subjects themselves. Am I wrong?

    At our school, we have a PE teacher for grades 4-6. Some kids also get music. This is mainly to give the upper grade teachers a prep period. If the union hadn't negotiated, it wouldn't be happening.

    But for primary grades, the classroom teacher is expected to teach art, music, health, PE, computers (with the help of the classified media center person) and anything else that come up.
     
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    Sarge,

    It is extremely rare for elementary school teachers to still teach music, pe and art. There are a VERY few places that still do this, but I'd say that 85% of elementary schools have specific (and highly qualified) teachers for this. It depends on your state requirements, and in how large your district is. In our state, I don't know of any public schools (except for extremely rural schools that are more like one-room schoolhouses) that teach their own pe, art, and music. Our state standards REQUIRE that someone certified in PE, Art, or Music provide these classes.

    Your experience is not typical in the majority of elementary schools throughout the United States.
     
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    I couldn't imagine having to teach those subjects myself. Even when I went to school and the two years I've taught, I have always had specials, which gave me at least 45 minutes of prep period.
     
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    yes! did it b4 school was out and have been tweaking with adding workstations, specials, etc.

    My MIL works at a school where the principal did the schedule for all the teachers and to me that is so BLAH! I like having the "freedom" of choosing when I will teach what subject.
     
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    I also can't imagine having to teach pe, art, music. Yikes! In PA it is a requirement that there are teachers certified in these areas.

    Mrsarbogast--- I also couldn't imagine having my principal do my whole schedule for me. Our principal only figures out our special class schedules. This year it will be tough because we are adding a fourth K, 1, 2, and 4 classroom to the mix. It is also tough because our all-purpose room is where we hold our indoor pe classes...but we also have lunch there, so it is a major hassle to figure out.
     

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