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

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Katherine G. Harris

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Block scheduling/UCSMP
Posted: Jul 4, 1995 10:38 AM
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My school is on blocks and uses the UCSMP books. We have been
on blocks for three years and used the books for two. I
frequently get notes from substitutes saying I left good plans
- I was out a lot this year for professional conferences and
the like - so I guess I am doing something right in my plans

I don't find leaving plans for blocks any different than
leaving plans for 50 minute periods. I NEVER leave my
grade/attendance book at school, so at the beginning of the
year I make up a roll sheet for even days and odd days. I
attach this to my plans. I have a standard page that details
the "where to find stuff" information and, as the year
progresses, I leave notes as to which students can be
especially helpful.

I leave detailed solutions on transparencies for homework
problems and then instructions for class work and homework
assignments. Since I never know how comfortable my substitute
will be with the material, I always simply expect them to
babysit. Those who can help the students do so and those who
do not feel that they can be helpful in the problem solving are
not in an uncomfortable situation.

If I do not have warning that I will be out - for example
waking up sick - I do have the emergency instructions in the
office. I find the fax capability of my computer invaluable!

Hope some of this is useful! One last note, leave approximate
time frames so that your sub will know about how much time to
expect to spend on each activity and leave more than enough
activities to fill the time. I also immediately discipline any
students about whom the sub complains. I usually find that the
only time any sub has any discipline problems is the first time
I am out during the year. Word travels fast!

Katherine :)

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