|Third Grade. Sometimes it is amazing to see what|
kids will make on their own.
|Just when you thought it was safe|
to go back in the water... Seventh Grade
I see my students on a rotating basises, and how frequently depended on how many sections are in that particular grade. For example: K-2 has five classes each, so I see each class once every five days. Third grade has four classes, so once every four days.
|Fourth Grade. This represents about 6 weeks worth of work|
In the past (before I came to the school) students would get one special for a full week. I think that sounds sweet. I would love to have a full week with my students to really focus in instruction and drive longer term projects. The downside would be the long stents of not seeing my students between weeks, but I think I would be ok with that.
|Nice Taco Truck. Sixth Grade|
Two years ago the school had a complete change-over in specialists. The PE, Music and Art (me) teachers were all new. Both the Music and PE teacher wanted to see the students more frequently, so I was outvoted and daily rotations ensued. The music teacher was worried about knowledge retention over the long breaks, and the PE teacher liked having only one setup per week. I can see where they are coming from, but I would rather have it the other way.
|You love Sun's what? First Grade|
I love my team. We are all very good friends, and I even consider the music teacher a good "outside of school friend." I really do not want to rustle feathers. The problem is, I have had quite a few parents, teachers, and students tell me how much they liked the old system and wish it would go back. Teachers have a hard time following the ever-changing rotation schedule and parents feel that a longer time with one teacher encourages better learning.
|KINDERGARTEN! Somebody has been practicing|
his name and numbers!
Do I have any great insight or conclusion for this musing? Not really. who knows, maybe someday it will get switched back; it is a very small thing to complain about in the long run.
What is your schedule like? Do you see any benefits or shortcomings from either? Is there another way?