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Re: How many classes a day do you teach?
I chose 4, but want to be clear that it's a block schedule. We have 8 periods on an A/B block and advisory period (40 minutes) every day. I teach 3 out of 4 90 minute periods and have advisory to do community building activities. I hate the block schedule, but then I do get the lunch and 3rd period block off, so there's a solid two hour planning period each day. We've talked about going to a straight 8 period schedule, in which case we would teach 6 of the 8 periods.
Fellow band directors:
Next week I am going to discuss with admin the possibility of either lightening our class load or hiring an assistant for next school year. Before I do, I would like to see if I am justified in my request. I currently teach 7 classes a day, with an additional STAAR Prep class a few days a week (bringing the total to 8 on those days!)