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Topic: Block scheduling/UCSMP
Replies: 3   Last Post: Jul 4, 1995 10:38 AM

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Marie Theres Peters

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Block scheduling/UCSMP
Posted: Jul 4, 1995 8:51 AM
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We have not really sat down as a department and told other
teachers what is important in each of the courses. Some of us have gone
through our own curriculum to decide what is the most important and have
relayed that to the teachers who teach the prerequisites.
About "guest teachers"....There is no school-wide policy on what
we need to leave as lesson plans. Each teacher does whatever. We do
keep a packet in the main office that contains our schedule and
description of duties. We can also keep emergency lesson plans there. I
am currently looking for math activities that can be used on all levels
to keep in the packet. If I know that I will be out, then I will lay out
detailed plans. I will also let one or two students know what I am
leaving for them to do, and they can also "guest teach." What is your
school's policy for substitute lesson plans?
Has anyone else who has been on a block schedule have any ideas
or suggestions on how to make substitute lessons be more successful?

Marie Peters
Christiana High School

On Mon, 3 Jul 1995, Ben Preddy wrote:

> Marie,
> My school, a suburban Philly H.S. will be going to a block
> scheduled environment (85-minute classes). We are taking some time to
> review material within each subject area, and how much of it we feel we
> will be able to cover. We will begin to discuss between subjects what is
> critical - i.e. for Geometry teachers, what algebra skills are needed, for
> Algebra II teachers what Geometry skills are needed, etc. We use different
> publilshers for each subject.
> I am interested in how yolu will address the topic of guest
> teachers("substitites"). What responsibilities will the regular teacher
> have? (Lesson plans filed a week in advance? Packets of activities which
> can be used throughout the course with rich content? What are the
> responsibilities of the guest teacher? Certification in subject area?
> Attendance at special workskop to be eligible?
> Good luck. Let's help each other.
> Ben

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