Monday, July 25, 2011
Today was my first day of pre-planning. This week I get my room and lessons ready, meet my students, and get my head prepared. Students start August 1st. My county has what is called a balanced schedule. This is our balanced schedule:
Students start the first Monday in August.
We then have a week off in September, Thanksgiving, in February, in April. Two weeks for Christmas. Eight weeks for summer - not twelve.
It sounds strange and a lot of people question the kids retaining material with all that time off.
I think it helps. It also helps with fewer absences both of students and teachers because we all plan doctors and other appointments during the breaks. Parents take advantage of off season vacations.
Our county has had this calendar for six years now and I hope they never go back.
But that is why I am back at work and summer is over for me!