ERIC Number: ED389089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
"When Can I Have Your Kids?" Scheduling Specialist Teachers.
Rettig, Michael D.; Canady, Robert Lynn
Here's How, v14 n2 Dec 1995
This information brief describes problems involved in scheduling elementary-school specialist teachers and offers suggestions for resolving them. Poor scheduling results in fragmented classes, unequal distribution of instructional time, and lack of common planning time. Poor scheduling is usually due to lack of congruence between school mission and schedules, schedule design conducted by individuals or the central office, and periods of unequal length. Two samples of effective schedules are described--a master-block schedule and a four-day rotation cycle. The following recommendations are offered for designing specialists' schedules: (1) base decisions on what is best for the core instructional program; (2) determine needs and resources; (3) have the central office negotiate equitable arrangements among schools that share traveling personnel; (4) negotiate equal-length specialist periods, or at the very least, modular-length periods; and (5) break away from the Monday-through-Friday, once-a-week schedule. Two figures are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Planning, Elementary Education, Flexible Scheduling, Principals, School Schedules, Specialists, Time Blocks
National Association of Elementary School Principals, Educational Products, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 ($2.50; 10 or more, $2 each; Virginia residents add 4.5% sales tax).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.