Elementary Teachers - Do you have a schedule yet?

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  1. TeacherC

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    Last year we got our schedules during our last staff meeting...this year I guess our principal had "more important" things to do, so we won't know until 2 days before school starts....ugh.
    I can't imagine teaching all specials by myself! Teachers at my school get so upset when a specialist is absent the day they have special...it would be utter chaos if we had to teach them all ourselves!
     
  2. MrsC

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    We have Phys Ed teachers for all grades (although some classroom teachers prefer to teach their own) and Music for grades 4 to 8; teachers of younger grades teach their own music. All teach their own Art and Computers (or swap with another teacher).
     
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    In my district it depends on school size. My school (approx 300 students) the classroom teacher is the resource/special teacher. The only breaks we get our library and guidance once a week. We also have recess off once or twice a week.

    I do not get my schedule until preplanning, but ours is always changing to meet the needs of every grade level. This year it will probably take longer to get a full schedule since our start time has changed from 8:45am to 7:55am. So I am not even for sure when lunch and recess are. The only resources that are planned for us our library, guidance, and PE. We teach the rest in the classroom so we have the freedom to add it to the schedule where we want it.
     
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    Well here, we have a music teacher and just this year we have a Phys Ed specialist... We used to have French for grades 1-5, but they're taking that away, so they replaced it with more Phys Ed, and a Phys Ed specialist so teachers could get their breaks.

    As far as schedules... y'all are lucky! I signed a contract on the very last day of school for teachers this past year to a brand new position that has never existed. I'm in two schools, and I don't have a schedule of when I will be in which school yet, let alone what room I'll be in, who I'll be working with!
     
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    dfleming--do you still have French for students above grade 5? Here, French is compulsory from grades 4-9; our grades 4-8 have 200 minutes/week of French instruction.
     
  6. monsieurteacher

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    Here's the situation in New Brunswick (Canada's only bilingual province)...

    Up until this year coming up, grades 1-10 have been required to take French. This year they have decided that our French program was inefficient so starting next year (2008-09) they will be removing French for grades 1-4, and instead there will be an Intensive French program in grade five. This means that for half the year grade fives will be taking French in a communicative style of teaching. The only thing that will be taught in English for half the year will be specials (Phys Ed and Music). Then in the second half of the year they go back to regular classes. Social Studies/Science are compacted into half the year for the English part of their year. Also, during the English segment of the year there are 200 minutes/week of French instruction for grade five, to either prepare them for Intensive French, or to keep their French skills up after they have gone through Intensive French.

    In our school we have two grade five classes, so essentially one class will be going to the French teacher for the first half while the other class stays with the English teacher, and then they'll switch over.
     
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    Our schedules come out a few days before the kids arrive.
     
  8. runsw/scissors

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    We generally get our special/lunch schedule during the pre-school year meetings. I don't even try to make up a schedule until that is put into place. The only thing I am trying to figure out how to fit into next year's schedule is the Morning Meeting.
     
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    I would cry. I have to be at school at 8, but classes don't start until 8:45. I love it. I wouldn't switch to any other school in the district because of the start time. (Not to mention I love my principal and team.)
     
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    We got ours at the end of the year! Thank goodness! Last year I didn't have it until a day or two before school began and it made planning hard. I like my time, and I got my first choice! Yippee!
     
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    I got mine the week after school was out. We already had everything planned out and made changes. Mine is the exact same as last year. :)
     
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    I had to bribe one of my grade level team member to send me a copy of the tentative master schedule. I have a set schedule for AM recess, recess/lunch, PM recess, specials, and Intervention-which is to be used for literacy. With those times in place, my grade level has to figure out when we are going to teach our main subjects. There have been talks of the principal setting those schedules up as well. I've been tring to figure out what would work best at what times but something has to be split up....ARRRGGGHHH!

    8:00-8:30
    8:30-9:15 Intervention(for literacy)
    9:15-9:30 Recess
    9:30-10:20
    10:20-11:05 Specials(Art, Music, Library, PE)
    11:05-11:35
    11:35-12:25 Recess/Lunch
    12:25-1:25
    1:25-1:40 Recess
    1:40-3:00
     
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    I cannot believe that you have three recesses each day! :eek: K, 1 , 2, and 3 take one fifteen minute recess each day. 4th and 5th take recess some days but not every day. How do you have enough time to teach everything?
     
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    Mrs. Math,
    Our kids get 20 minutes for lunch, and one recess which lasts for 10 minutes. I can't imagine how you get everything taught. Oh yeah, and our school day is shorter for the kids. With everything we are required to teach, I just couldn't get it all done with so much recess and lunch time.
     
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    Where do you teach cheery? I want that schedule! My kiddos arrive at 7:40. I have to be there by 7:20 but aim to get there before 7:00 so I don't have to fight for the copier.
     

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