On Wednesdays, we are planning to present to our readers a little wisdom from the Teamed Up Teachers!
Today's wisdom is on our scheduling since you all need to get to know us!
We currently have about 18-20 students in each homeroom. This hasn't always been the case, but it has worked with any number of students. We do have to admit that it has been SOOOOOO much nicer with just a few kids (compared to 24-25 the past few years!).
When we first started scheduling, we had many factors to include: 20 minute recess, 25 minute lunch, 60 minute Discovery (art, music, PE, Wellness, Computer, kitchen sink, bologna, cheese...oops wrong list...you get the point!), 30 minute Classworks (computer program that is SUPPOSED to help us!), etc. So it was very overwhelming for both of us to get our way.
So we learned the first step to successful TEAMED UP TEACHING......drum roll please!!!!!!
We both wanted our subject taught in the morning before the kiddos fell asleep after that delicious and nutritious school lunch! We also wanted equal teaching time with every student. SO.....
We came to the conclusion that we would have each homeroom split the mornings with us. Every student would have Reading and Math before lunch since these are the two focus areas for our school. This not only gives us equal time with them, but it keeps the students alert and on their toes with the switch mid-morning.
Don't get us wrong...we didn't want to switch back and forth all day. So, we keep one homeroom all afternoon on odd days. We call our schedule the "GAGA Schedule" because when we write it down in shorthand, our names make GAGA!
8:00-10:00 Gibson homeroom Math
Ayers homeroom Reading
10:00-12:00 Gibson homeroom Reading
Ayers homeroom Math
12:00-2:00 Gibson Writing/Language
Ayers Science/Social Studies
The Tuesday/Thursday Schedule is the exact opposite homeroom...I guess that is the AGAG schedule!
Fridays are split depending on testing.
We know that this is not the number one solution! Just another option.
How do you schedule your classes? Any thoughts on ours?