Fourth article in a Series of Six, especially for teachers.
Every school district has a different attendance map. A map that shows which schools are in attendance centers (the areas colored in green), and which schools are outside of attendance centers (the areas colored in orange).
I have found that people very often have a hard time understanding how school districts are organized. I get this question from time to time. So I thought I would put this article at the bottom of the article for future teachers thinking about starting a school. The basic level of school districting is that the government (LEAs, school boards, etc.) derives a map for a particular area of the district. The center of the district is the administrative center. That is the office for the district. It reports to the state (rights) government.
The district’s meeting house is the hub of the district office. This is where decisions are made. Employees and parents come to this hub to present information about their schools to the government.
The district’s plan is the map of what students will achieve in the following year. This is sometimes called the district’s long-term plan. The districtisters have prepared a program or “long-term agenda” for presentation to the public. Sometimes (not often) the plan is followed by a Control Plan. This is a document that provides a road map to follow for implementing the program.
You may wish to use the article above to present a road-map of your district. For example, say that the goal of your district is to reduce absenteeism. The key to following the district’s goal will be to document the number of days students are absent each week, total days in the classroom, total student days in the mix, and total student accumulation days.
You can easily follow the example above by creating a simple attendance sheet. Each day a student comes to the attendance desk, the teacher knows how many students are in attendance that day and the total number of days that year. The attendance sheet tells the teacher which students are absent that day along with the total number of days in the classroom and the total number of learning events that occur in the school.
A week has 7 learning events. Students learn from each of these events. The events are designated learning activities. Each learning event is a separate “event” on the attendance sheet.
The first learning event is from today’s newsletter.
The second event is from the bulletin board.
The third event is from the teacher.
The fourth event is a surprise activity.
The fifth event is a surprise enrichment activity.
The surprise activity is in the preparation area. It will probably be something you have done in the past and are familiar with. The idea is to distract students (at least those that are present) so the teacher can get them focus on the lesson.
In the last two learning events, the teacher and students have brainstormed as to possible topics for discussion at the next classroom meeting.
Now let’s add a seventh and final learning event. The students and teachers haveoken up to the fact that students are missing school every day.
The teacher realizes that organizing another informal outdoor session isn’t exactly what she had in mind when she compared her traditionalgentleman’s club’ing to her new ‘school’bound students.
But she is on the internet researching various sites related to outdoor education. She also realizes that the students are more entrepreneurial than traditional.
So she suggests that they form their own club. The students founding the club gets the teacher and students into a resource sharing agreement.
The concept of sharing resources is rich in meaning. The students will know how to provide the teacher with information that she needs to continue to expand the school year.
It is a good idea for teachers to have a reading plan for the students. Particularly for upper elementary and middle school teachers, a favorite read should be a history text. The teacher can have some students read the text and the rest read along with the class.
For upper elementary and middle school teachers, they can have the students read the textbook or choose a chapter from the readings for the week.
For secondary school teachers, the teacher should have some students read for the honor of the week.
Teachers can have their students read stories that illustrate different points of view on a particular issue.
For the physical education teachers, they can have their students undergo a certain amount of strenuous exercise within a week.
The fitness teachers can have their students undertake any of the activities within the boundaries of the school, such as aerobics, golf, swim, hunt, and fishing.
The language teachers can have their students speak up, answer questions and even give presentations on the computer.
But beyond that there is no limit to what can be learned from other educational resources.