scheduling pullout
09082007, 05:43 AM


I do my own scheduling, and the worst part is that I schedule after everything else is already scheduled. Speech, Atrisk, Special Ed, recess, even classroom routine, and the teachers feel their own routine is set in stone and unchangeable. I used to go to each teacher to find out their choices or preferences, but got into so many hassles, that this is how I do it now.
I send a note to each teacher, giving her the list of students I will see from her room. This year I also added the time slots in which I will be able to see kids. I called a meeting and wouldn't schedule anything until everyone showed up. I see all students who are reading below grade level, and it's within the guidelines of 3060 students for a fulltime Title I teacher. If a teacher has more than 6 students, she schedules first, due to needing two time slots. If teachers have very few students, they go next, because they have to schedule at a time another teacher schedules. For instance, two teachers each have 3 students who qualify, and they have to find a time that works for both of them. The last ones to speak up will be the ones with 5 or 6 students. It usually works out that we have a schedule within 10 minutes. If two people insist on the same time slot because absolutely nothing else will work, I let the two of them talk it over. I don't get involved. If something is definite, I write it on the white board. It has worked for me to schedule this way for 3 years now.
As I said, I see all students below grade level in fall testing. This fall I'm taking 37 students to start. This feels like few students, because in past years I've had to take almost 60 students with some on the waiting list. The groups are far too large at that point. We have better Title I services now at lower grade levels (I serve only 3rd grade) so there are fewer students still behind at 3rd grade.
