Monday, November 24, 2008

How about this schedule for teachers....???

I'm not sure about everyone else, but right about now things are moving super fast. It's hard to stop and reflect on how things are going. Report cards, progress reports, writing samples, reports, running records, and these are just for starters. Don't even get me started with life outside of school (what's that). I have a new baby that's just about to be delivered, and that's a whole other job all by itself. Sooooooo my question is what sort of schedule would best fit a working teacher and the students as well?

How about working an hour earlier and an hour later 4 days a week which would leave friday off? Most companies that you really need to deal with are usually off during the weekends or off on sundays which would usually leave you moving around on Saturday. With having Friday off teachers are able to get an extra day to take care of errands which would leave more time for planning and getting the lessons prepared for the comming week.

Other districts are doing this with the aim of saving money. My primary concern would be to take care of the teachers....who are too often over worked and stressed out. I know other professions work on similar schedules and they seem to enjoy it. Do you think changing to this kind of schedule would be more or less productive?


alyk03 said...

I don't think this would be a bad idea at all! Its more like what Europe does. It would give teachers more time to work on projects for their classes and lighten a load. It could cause problems however, with parents, because they would most likely have to work on that Friday. Still a great thought, though!

UltimateTeacher said...

Somehow the parents always have to come and ruin a good idea. Even though I do like the idea, I think it's going to take someone very radical to do something like this. Someone who doesn't mind losing their job, and in this economy....I don't think that's going to happen any time soon.