Length of time for each subject

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  1. Ms.T

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    I am trying to make sure I am allotting enough time for my core subjects per week. I want to revamp my schedule (if necessary) to start when we return from break.

    My problem is that I want to make sure I have enough time for straightforward lessons in the subjects, but then also enough time for the students to play learning games. I feel that is so important, and they really do love it and are learning at the same time, but oftentimes those game times get pushed out of the way to make room for more serious work. I want to maximize my students' learning, but don't want to take away anymore fun.

    Per week (unless some silly assembly or something similar happens) this is how long I have for each subject:

    Math - 3 hours 15 min
    Reading Workshop - 4 hours 15 min
    Science or Social Studies (I alternate by unit) - 1 hour 20 min
    Writer's Workshop - 2 hours 55 min
    Other Literacy times (games or Word Work) - 2 hours

    The rest of the time is filled with lunch, specials, recess and transitions, morning meeting and :confused:

    How much time do you spend per subject in your class? How do you spread it out over the week?
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Math - Everyday, about 45 minutes each time
    Reading Workshop - Everyday, about 45 minutes each time
    Science or Social Studies (I alternate by unit)me too -About 3 X per week, 30-40 ,minutes each lesson
    Writer's Workshop - 3-4 X per week, 35-45 minutes each time
    Other Literacy times (games or Word Work) - Just about everyday- about 20 minutes for word work, Literacy centers once a week for about 45 minutes, spelling workshop once a week for about 45 minutes...Truthfully, I'm integrating literacy into so many lessons across the content areas...other literacy activities include reading response notebooks, poetry notebooks, Weekend News, reading buddies...
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    Here's my schedule:

    Math- everyday 45 minutes (would like to get more time somehow, though)
    Reading & Word Study- everyday 50 minutes (at least- sometimes it's more).
    Vocab & Writing- everyday 45 minutes
    Literacy Workstations- daily 20+ minutes
    Science/Social Studies- I also alternate- 30-40 minutes daily, but we do a daily geography activity 10-15 minutes per day.
    SSR- daily 30 minutes

    So far, it looks like we're all pretty much the same.
     
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    It does look like our times are pretty much the same. But when I just totaled it up, that equals about 14 hours a week. We are at school for 32 hours a week. I know lunch and specials and transitions take a lot of time, but that doesn't seem like I am actually teaching for very long at all! :eek:
     
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    I know exactly what you mean! I was just telling DH the other day my actual teaching window is only about 3.5 hours per day (& that's without the assemblies that are occassionally thrown it!)
    Well- let's see...... I have
    Recess & lunch 45 minutes per day
    Specials 45 minutes per day
    Read Aloud 15 minutes per day
    Transitions & Packing up - probably 15-20 per day.

    If I add that to the 240 minutes I noted above, that gives me a total of 365 minutes, or just over 6 hours (30.5 hours/week). I actually only have 31.25 hrs/week (we have a shorter school day than most)-- so somewhere in my calculations, I am missing about 15 minutes per day. That's probably my bathroom breaks.
    Like czacza, I integrate literacy into just about everything I do, too...so I am eeking out a little bit more time here and there as well.

    I bet if you add in your read aloud and SSR times, you'll get closer to your 32 hours.
     
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    Math - 5 hours
    Reading Workshop - 5 hours (I usually do 1 hour and 15 minutes a day though)
    Science or Social Studies- 2 and a half hours
    Writer's Workshop - 5 hours
    Other Literacy times (games or Word Work) - word work/phonics 2 and a half hours a week
     
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    Generally the minutes per day look like this, but sometimes things get moved around.

    Math-40 minutes
    Social Studies-40 minutes
    Science-40 minutes
    Religion (3 times a week not counting Masses) 30-40 minutes
    Language Arts (including English, Reading, Spelling, Vocabulary, word study)-about 115 minutes and I try to bring this into other disciplines as much as possible.

    They also have 40 minutes of specials four days of the week and 80 on the other day. The school day lasts from 8:00 to 3:00 with roughly 45 minutes for lunch and recess.
     
  9. Mr. K

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    We are required 60 minutes per day in math and at least 90 minutes per day in language arts (reading/writing/spelling/etc) That leaves 40 minutes per day for science or ss and a special.
     
  10. BioAngel

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    Since I only teach science at my grade level~ students have approximately 40 minutes of science 5 days out of our 6 day cycle. So its either 200 minutes a week or 160 minutes a week.
     
  11. maroki

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    Our specialist schedule is scattered throughout the week, so I'll add up mine weekly. We have school from 8:00-2:30 daily, so that is 390 minutes/day = 1,950 minutes/week. If I subtract the minutes students are at lunch/recess (300 minutes/week) and the minutes they are at specials (180 minutes/week), my students have 1,470 minutes of instruction per week.

    90 minutes math x 5 days/week = 450 minutes math/week
    90 minutes reading x 5 days/week = 450 minutes reading/week
    30 minutes reading interventions x 5 days/week = 150 minutes interventions/week
    45 minutes writing centers x 5 days/week = 225 minutes writing centers/week
    30 minutes science/social studies x 5 days/week = 150 minutes science & social studies/week

    That leaves me about 45 minutes total during the week for all my bathroom breaks and transitions to lunch, specials, and the buses. (My classroom is on the edge of campus pretty far away from everything, so it takes us a while to get where we need to go, especially in the rain because we have to take the extra long route.)
     

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