Scheduling

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    So I'm new to 1st Grade this year (they should have a smilie doing the happy dance). I've started going over the curriculum. And I just think the people who make these guidelines have never actually taught. Here's the recommended breakdown:

    90 min reading block
    + 45-60 minute language arts block (not entirely sure what the difference is there-usually that's writing but an hour's a long time even with writer's workshop)
    90 min math block
    45 min science
    45 min social studies
    Bilingual teachers also have to do 45 ESL instruction

    oh yeah, there's also RTI-at least 30 minutes a day with those kids

    add in 1/2 hour for lunch, 50 mins for specials, 20 mins recess

    We start at 8:00 but do breakfast in the classroom-so the day can't get started before 8:15. Dismiss at 3:00 but have to start getting cleaned up and packed up at least 15 minutes before that-so that's another 1/2 hour of direct instruction lost. It just doesn't seem very realistic for the number of hours in a day.

    I'm really just complaining here-I'll make it work-I just think whoever comes up with those numbers isn't actually in the classroom, either that or they stink at math.
     
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  3. Lynnnn725

    Lynnnn725 Connoisseur

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    I feel the same way! However, I've learned that our times are by week. So we have to have so many minutes of word study each week, allowing us to increase/decrease time depending on needs.

    I understand your vent! It is very frustrating! And then when you go to workshops, each one tells you that "Even if you have time for nothing else in the day, this (whether it be science, ss, reading workshop, writing workshop, interactive read aloud, shared reading, etc.) is the one thing you need to be sure to get to..."
     
  4. meltua

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    I feel your pain! For my "master" schedule that I turn in to the board I have to overlap soc. st. with reading and say I'm integrating it just so I can make my times work. And my 45-60 min of language includes grammar, handwriting, and writing. This usually has to be integrated too.
     
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    I had 60 min reading block this year and it was TOO short. 90 minutes is nice.

    45-60 minutes of writing is a bit long! My writing was more like 35 min/day. Maybe you could split the time... one quarter grammar/ 3 quarters writing or something like that.

    90 minutes for math?! That is a really long time for first graders to be doing math. Even 60 minutes is a long time! Does calendar math time count towards math? If I had to spend 90 minutes on math each day, I would play a lot of math games!

    45 mins for sci/social studies every single day?? I am lucky if I get to science and social studies a few times a week!
     
  6. KinderCowgirl

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    Thanks for the empathy guys! :)

    teacher112 - I actually like the math block-I do the same thing I do for reading 30 mins whole group then 60 for math workstations/small group. I'm actually surprised that it doesn't get equal weight with reading at a lot of schools-I think it's just as important for those foundational skills.

    I know adding social studies/science to reading is a solution, I just wish our curriculum writers would be more realistic in their expectations. The sad thing too is if the math "specialists" are there, they insist on their time, reading-all the curriculum people are the same way-they don't realize something has to give to fit it all in.
     
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    When you figure it out, kinder, let me know! I definitely haven't worked it out, yet, either! What kills my schedule is the RTI - of course it's scheduled during my science/ss/health time!
     

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