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42inFirst 08-04-2019 03:38 AM

Departmentalized. Now what?
Itís been decided that I will teach Math and Science and the other 4th grade teacher will do ELA & SS. What I am having a hard time envisioning is the logistics of switching classes. We have desks in both classrooms. Do students have an assigned desk in their home room? Or in both rooms? What gets put in desks? Do they just bring everything back and forth in their backpacks when switching classes? We start preplanning tomorrow and Iím stuck on this. Help!! Thanks. 🙏🏼

mommy9298 08-04-2019 06:03 AM

I did this in fourth grade. The students get assigned seats in both classrooms. They only need to bring the books and materials they need for the subject. They put the books under their desks. It takes a few weeks to get them organized and used to the schedule. We write the materials they needed for the other class on the board. It will work out fine. I loved teaching and planning for two subjects and not all of them.

KatieViolet 08-04-2019 06:53 AM

We had assigned seats in both classes. In the desks was the textbooks for each subject that class taught (so reading/ss in one room and math/science in the other) and a whiteboard. Our kids rarely needed to take a book home, and if they did, they just checked one out from that teacher. Kids could put a pencil box in the desk while they were in the room but took everything with them from room to room. They even travelled with a name tag that they just laid on the top of the desk and then removed when class was over. No taping!

We also had all traffics go in a circle, so all the kids leaving one room would line up at the front door, and all the kids coming into the room would come in thru the door between our rooms. So it was easy to transition with traffic going just one direction.

TheGr8Catsby 08-04-2019 09:03 AM

When I was departmentalized, I kept the textbooks for my subjects in the desks and reminded students that nothing else should be in there, except for their supplies WHILE THEY WERE IN MY room. My homeroom was allowed to use their desks for storage overnight, but the next morning before switching, only my stuff should've been in there.

I was very specific: my stuff on the left, your stuff on the right. When they leave, the right should be empty and ready for the next set of students.

My kids had desks in all classes. They were different, and our rooms were set up differently. We were ability grouped too, so while I had all of the kids, I didn't have all of my homeroom together except the beginning and end of the day. I made sure that my seating charts for each rotation included my homeroom kids sitting at THEIR desks.

42inFirst 08-05-2019 06:40 PM

Thank you!
Youíve made the process simpler than I anticipated. Thanks!

K12ENLTeacher 08-06-2019 01:52 AM

I did so
I do so in my dual language program. My partner and I have two classes, and each of us has our own homeroom. We switch students every other day. My homeroom students have their materials in their desks in my room, while my partner's homeroom students have their materials in their desks. When it is time to switch, the "guest" students store their materials in the "guest" homeroom in bins we have in a designated part in that room. Table captains bring those materials from the bins.

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