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A Trimester Schedule that Works: Solutions for Secondary by Robert Brower, Colleen Moran, Todd Whitaker

By Robert Brower, Colleen Moran, Todd Whitaker

This e-book explains examine that helps a trimester time table after which is helping readers comprehend the switch efforts and demanding situations linked to the remodel of the varsity day.

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Restructure the daily schedule to allow more minutes of instruction in the four core content areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. 3. Maintain some exploratory or elective courses but drastically cut the number of weeks and minutes of instruction exploratory courses offer compared to the core subjects. Reduce the offerings of exploratory courses to a few basic courses that each school or community deems appropriate. For example, a school may only offer physical education, computers, reading, art, band, and choir.

The principal must ensure that the school maintains order and discipline, orders supplies in a timely manner, makes certain that food service operates efficiently, hires and supervises competent staff members, effectively communicates with parents, meets the academic and social needs of each student, and of course, meets the state and federal standards for accountability. With increasing expectations, there is little time in schools available for the collaboration necessary to develop the important elements necessary for the design of an effective action plan for school improvement.

Today’s demands of the education system bear little resemblance to the middle school philosophy followed for the past 30 years. Two substantial problems exist with the middle school concept. First, it is not effective by the current accountability standards; and second, middle school leaders now find it increasingly difficult to shift schools away from teaming and interdisciplinary planning and toward the requirements of state academic standards, core content mastery, and standardized testing. Some educators will insist that the middle school philosophy has worked and should continue, but the facts do not support the position of continuance.

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