Saturday, October 6, 2012

I Need Your Help

Yes, I know it's been forever since I posted on here.

I've been busy growing a little baby boy and writing this blog for our son.  You can see I'm not so great at updating that either!

So, a few weeks ago, we found out that we would have a mandatory DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) time at the end of the day.  Well that's all fine and good, but I knew I would have to change my schedule.  These are our daily teaching minute requirements:

ELA:  200 minutes
Math:  90 minutes
Science:  40 minutes
S.S.: 40 minutes

Kiddos start rolling into my room at 7:10.  School officially starts at 7:30.  We have a news program that is supposed to start around that time, but usually doesn't.

Here is what my original schedule looked like:
Monday, Thursday, & Friday
7:10-7:30:  Eat breakfast & Complete Morning Work
7:30-7:45:  Morning News
7:45-8:00:  Morning Meeting & Read Aloud
8:00-9:15:  ELA:  Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar, & Writing
9:15-10:00:  Guided Reading & Centers
10:05-10:45:  Special Area
10:50-11:25:  Social Studies
11:25-12:00:  Science
12:05-12:50:  Lunch & Recess
12:55-2:10:  Math
2:10-2:20:  Pack Up, Clean Up, & Dismissal


Tuesday
7:10-7:30:  Eat breakfast & Complete Morning Work
7:30-7:45:  Morning News
7:45-8:00:  Morning Meeting & Read Aloud
8:00-9:15:  ELA:  Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar, & Writing
9:15-10:00:  Guided Reading & Centers
10:05-10:45:  Special Area
10:50-12:00:  Social Studies
12:05-12:50:  Lunch & Recess
12:55-2:10:  Math
2:10-2:20:  Pack Up, Clean Up, & Dismissal


Wednesday
7:10-7:30:  Eat breakfast & Complete Morning Work
7:30-7:45:  Morning News
7:45-8:00:  Morning Meeting & Read Aloud
8:00-9:15:  ELA:  Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar, & Writing
9:15-10:00:  Guided Reading & Centers
10:05-10:45:  Special Area
10:50-12:00:  Garden Classroom {Science}
12:05-12:50:  Lunch & Recess
12:55-2:10:  Math
2:10-2:20:  Pack Up, Clean Up, & Dismissal

A couple of issues with this schedule:

  • Not enough time for Math.  It has me ending at 2:10, but that's not happening.  Y'all we are dismissing AT 2:10.  So I have to stop no later than 2:00 and that's STILL pushing it for us being ready to leave at 2:00
  • Not enough time for Science & S.S.
  • I rarely started at 8:00
  • I had no time for Find It, Fix It!
So, when I found out we had to have DEAR, I knew I would have to move math.  My plan is to have students packed up and ready to go BEFORE DEAR starts.  That means I am going to have to stop teaching no later than 1:40.  

So, since DEAR is ELA related, I am going to need to cut out 20 minutes of my ELA block.  I hate to do it especially since I'm barely fitting it all in as it is, but I don't see any other option.  

So, what would you do?  This is what I'm thinking:

Monday, Thursday, & Friday
7:10-7:30:  Eat breakfast & Complete Math Morning Work
7:30-7:45:  Morning News
7:45-8:00:  Morning Meeting & Bathroom Break (NO read aloud)
8:00-8:50:  ELA:  Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar, & Writing
8:50-9:40:  Guided Reading & Centers
9:40-10:00:  Math Message & Mental Math
10:05-10:45:  Special Area
10:50-12:00:  Math (Possibly with centers)
12:05-12:50:  Lunch & Recess
12:55-1:40:  Science & S.S.
1:40-1:45:  Pack Up
1:45-2:05:  DEAR
2:05-2:10:  Find It, Fix It, Raffle, Dismissal


Tuesday
7:10-7:30:  Eat breakfast & Complete Math Morning Work
7:30-7:45:  Morning News
7:45-8:00:  Morning Meeting & Bathroom Break (NO read aloud)
8:00-8:50:  ELA:  Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar, & Writing
8:50-9:40:  Guided Reading & Centers
9:40-10:00:  Math Message & Mental Math
10:05-10:45:  Special Area
10:50-12:00:  Math (Possibly with centers)
12:05-12:50:  Lunch & Recess
12:55-1:40:  S.S.
1:40-1:45:  Pack Up
1:45-2:05:  DEAR
2:05-2:10:  Find It, Fix It, Raffle, Dismissal


Monday, Thursday, & Friday
7:10-7:30:  Eat breakfast & Complete Math Morning Work
7:30-7:45:  Morning News
7:45-8:00:  Morning Meeting & Bathroom Break (NO read aloud)
8:00-8:50:  ELA:  Phonics, Vocabulary, Grammar, & Writing
8:50-9:40:  Guided Reading & Centers
9:40-10:00:  Math Message & Mental Math
10:05-10:45:  Special Area
10:50-12:00:  Garden Classroom {Science}
12:05-12:50:  Lunch & Recess
12:55-1:40:  Math
1:40-1:45:  Pack Up
1:45-2:05:  DEAR
2:05-2:10:  Find It, Fix It, Raffle, Dismissal



The only problem with this schedule is not enough time for Science & S.S.  Plus, there's not enough time for Math on Wednesdays due to Garden Classroom.

So what do you think?  What would you do?

I really appreciate the help and insight, especially since I've been SO absent lately.  Hope your year is going well.  I have quite the class this year so that has kept me busy as well.



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6 comments:

Miss Foote said...

I don't really have a solution to your schedule problem...I am having my own similar problem. Hopefully the suggestions you get help me too:-) We start at 7:35 and kids are so sleepy!

Laurie
Chickadee Jubilee

Stephanie said...

Ugh- scheduling is the worst! I hate that you are giving up your read aloud!! It gets over-looked because it's not "curriculum" but it's so important in the primary grades. Is there any way you can post your schedule like this but still squeeze it in for ten minutes somewhere? Like maybe only do Science & S/S for 30 min instead of 40 even if you say you're doing it 40? Just a thought.

❤ -Stephanie
Falling Into First

Stephanie said...

Ugh- scheduling is the worst! I hate that you are giving up your read aloud!! It gets over-looked because it's not "curriculum" but it's so important in the primary grades. Is there any way you can post your schedule like this but still squeeze it in for ten minutes somewhere? Like maybe only do Science & S/S for 30 min instead of 40 even if you say you're doing it 40? Just a thought.

❤ -Stephanie
Falling Into First

Traci said...

Wow Bonnie! I really feel for you. The person who came up with these number needs a calculator! haha If you add it all up, you are being asked to cram 430 minutes of mandated news(15), instruction(330), specials(40) and lunch/recess(45) into a 400 minute (7:30-2:10) school day.

I LOVE scheduling... that's kind of my thing. But it simply isn't possible to do what they are asking.

One thing I would do to make it a little easier on yourself is cut the 5 minutes you have scheduled between each curricular area. The 5 minutes of preparing or going to each new area in the schedule will have to become part of the "instructional minutes". Although that won't get rid of the need for 30 extra minutes to meet their requirements, it will at least reduce the shortage to only those 30 minutes.

I'm interested to find out if they reduce some of their minute requirements. That would make me nuts. It's crazy!
❤Dragonflies in First ❤

Mrs. Wheeler said...

Gosh, I can't believe people are so anal about dictating when you teach what and for how long! I'm allowed to teach what I want, when I want! I hope you find a solution soon!

Megan
Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
Mrs. Wheeler TpT

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