To my elementary educator peeps, I need your help.
Suppose that you were expected to teach more science during your already overloaded school day. This expectation was coupled with the promise that if you do this, another item would be removed from your responsibility (or you could have something you needed/wanted for your classroom). What would that one thing be?
This is reminiscent of the negotiations I blogged about a few weeks ago. If the state expects teachers to increase something, then it should offer that expectation in trade for something else. Tell me, teachers, what is your number one choice? Less than 120 minutes a day for reading? More planning time? Is there a professional resource that would like...or a particular assignment you have that should go away? What would make your classroom life nicer---or at least nice enough that you would be willing to take on more science instruction?
If you have an idea to share, please leave it in the comments or send me an e-mail. This is not a drill. Your answers may well be used as the basis for some changes in the state. I have another question to post in a couple of days about scheduling and the use of specialists. Keep your thinking caps on for me.