ERIC Number: ED455344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
On Time and How To Get More of It. On Point...Brief Discussions of Critical Issues in Urban Education.
This booklet examines issues related to time in education. After describing the increasing number of roles teachers play in their schools and their lack of time to do everything, the booklet explains that in order to achieve improved student outcomes, teachers need time to do their work. Teaching requires time for professional development, leadership activities, peer collaboration, parent partnerships, and school improvement. The use of time in schools indicates what is important to the school community and is usually reflected in the school's schedule. Scheduling reveals how much time is allocated to each subject and how much flexibility exists for differences in students, teaching, and content. Teachers need daily time for planning, collaborating, communicating with families, professional development, and school improvement. Two consecutive periods per day or several longer periods per week are preferable to one short period at a time. To prevent complications in scheduling as the year progresses, disciplined planning and scheduling at the beginning of the school year is necessary. Schools can create time by using block scheduling, restructuring or rescheduling time, changing staffing patterns, and adding time to the school day or year. (SM)
Descriptors: Block Scheduling, Elementary Secondary Education, Flexible Scheduling, Planning, Time Blocks, Time Management, Urban Schools
National Institute for Urban School Improvement, Education Development Center, Inc., 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458. Tel: 617-969-7100, ext. 2105; Fax: 617-969-3440; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.edc.org/urban.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Newton, MA. National Inst. for Urban School Improvement.