Elementary School Course Scheduling
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  • 1. Elementary School Course Scheduling Alachua County Public Schools
  • 2. Elementary School Courses
    • Reading (90 minutes)
    • Writing
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Specials
      • Art
      • Music
      • Physical Education
  • 3. History
    • Collected Teacher Schedules
    • Studied structure of Teacher Schedules
    • Surprise!!!!
    • Academic subjects
      • 40-50 minute range
      • Including ESE classes
    • Pullouts:
      • 40-50 minute range
      • Shorter 20-25 minute range
  • 4. Establish Time Schedule
    • Seven periods
        • 330 Instructional minutes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
        • 255 Instructional minutes on Wednesday
    • Time parameters set:
        • 4 Forty-five minute periods
        • 3 Fifty minute period
    • Key: Standard beginning and ending times.
        • Hold to the basic times
        • Applies to ESE, resource and pullout classes as well
  • 5. Required Time Periods
    • Lunch
    • Reading Period (2 periods in length)
    • Specials
        • Difficult for schools to develop schedule
        • Rotational schedule
  • 6. Specials Rotational Schedule
  • 7. Major Considerations
    • Spread the two period Reading classes throughout the day.
    • Schedule teachers by grade level.
  • 8. Exceptional Student Classes
    • ESE classes must adhere to the same rules.
    • It works for OT, PT, Speech and Language Teachers
        • Example
            • 6 45-50 Minutes periods AND/OR
            • 12 20-25 minute periods per day.
  • 9. Flexibility with Period Time
  • 10. Extended Math Period
  • 11. Double Period Math
  • 12. Resource Classes
    • Co-Teach
    • Pullouts
    • Other In-Class Instruction
    • Develop a consistent scheduling method.
  • 13. What Happens behind the Closed Door?
    • Provide flexible time as possible.
    • Do we really care within the self-contained classroom?
  • 14. Logic for Loading Student Schedules
    • Teacher Course Section Numbers match classroom Teacher Number
    • Specials Teachers have multiple courses with Section Numbers matching every Teacher Number.
    • Assign homebase Teacher Number to each student.
    • Program matches Teacher Course Section Numbers with the student’s homebase Teacher Number.
  • 15. Departmentalized Variation
  • 16. Interesting
    • Interesting mixture of structure and chaos.
    • In-class and Pullout Resource classes almost impossible to schedule.
  • 17. 2007-2008 Possibility
  • 18. Contact information:
    • Russ Bedell
    • Information Support Supervisor
    • Alachua County Public Schools
    • 620 E. University Ave.
    • Gainesville, FL 32601
    • Phone: 352-955-7500 x250
    • Email: [email_address]