Fixed-Flex Schedule

Confession Time….

In my new school there’s kind of a flexible schedule in place. Not completely, but more flex than I’ve dealt with before.

I started this blog because there aren’t enough elementary librarians communicating about how to be advocates, particularly in a fixed schedule. There are natural limitations that we have to overcome in a fixed schedule with endurance, attitude adjustments, and innovative ideas.

And now I find myself with a semi-flex schedule. I can’t, however, say that it will naturally foster increased collaboration. I still have work ahead of me. So, onward!

Here’s the schedule: I teach in a five day rotation. But, I share the time block with two other special areas who also need collaborative time. I see all students in the school in five days during fixed classes and then I see no classes for the next ten days. At least, that’s how I understand the paperwork I was given today.

Challenges: How do I foster student learning in meaningful activities when I see them every third week?
What strategies can I use to work with teachers during the two flex weeks?
What other job duties might I get because I’m ‘not teaching?’

Pros:
Students can benefit from integrated information skills.
Students can benefit from strong collaborative bonds with teachers and grade levels.

So far, I’m in the thinking stage. One step at a time….

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