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Old 01-28-2017, 01:34 AM
 
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It looks as though (due to budget cuts) we'll be a team of 3 teachers next year in 4th. The past years we've been teams of 2 and shared math/science and reading/social studies. We all taught our own language arts/writing & spelling.

State tests are: ELA, math and social studies.
What could be a fair and best way of departmentalizing?

An just FYI, I have not taught math for 5 years and simply do not think I could return to self contained


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Old 01-28-2017, 02:15 AM
 
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How much time do you devote to each subject now?


This is my favorite because everyone has exactly 1 test:
  • Reading
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Homeroom: Writing/Language Arts/Spelling and science
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  • Reading
  • Language Arts/Spelling/Writing and Social Studies
  • Math
  • Homeroom: Science
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  • ELA
  • Math
  • Science/SS
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I am a fifth grade teacher in Ohio and our school is teams of 3 at every grade level (K-6). At my level one teacher teaches math only, the second teacher teaches ELA/Reading and the third (me) teaches science/social studies. We are double blocked which means we have each group for 2 periods (90 min.) The last period is an Assist period....for homework, intervention, enrichment, etc. I like it and it works with our team because of our licenses. Not all grade levels have this much flexibility because of certain licenses. I try to help the ELA/Reading teacher by incorporating writing standards into my social studies/science with at least a quarterly writing assignment. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have other questions...
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Old 01-28-2017, 06:37 AM
 
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We are a team of four, but many in our district are teams of 3. They've split subject areas like this:

Reading - 90 minutes
Math - 90 minutes
Writing/Science/Social Studies (They do 45 minutes writing instruction, 45 minutes science OR social studies instruction)
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Old 01-28-2017, 10:10 AM
 
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Option 1:
1. Reading
2. Math
3. Science and Social Studies

Writing across all subjects with explicit instruction during reading time or homeroom covers writing.

Option 2:
1. Reading/Social Studies
2. Math
3. Science

Home room does writing.

Option 3:
1. Reading
2. Math
3. Social Studies

Home room does Science, and writing is either with Reading, cross curricular, or also done by homeroom.

Option 1 allows each teacher to be responsible for a test to keep accountability across subjects. It also allows for block scheduling. 90 minutes for Reading. 90 minutes for Math. 90 minutes for Science and Social Studies (45 each)


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I teach 4th grade, and this is what we do. I teach Reading/Writing/Spelling/Grammar in three, ninety-minute blocks. Another teammate teachers Math (three, ninety-minute blocks). A third teammate teacher Science and Social Studies daily (45 minutes each). Reading, Math, and Science are tested areas.
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Old 02-27-2017, 01:01 AM
 
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When I did my ST the school [5-8] used:

Math
Science
ELA/SS
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