Elementary schooling is one of the most important periods in life, since it is at this point that students learn some of the most basic facts about science, history, art, mathematics, and every other subject in the curriculum. Because of the sheer volume of things to teach children, fitting everything into a day can be daunting. Here’s how you can formulate a classroom schedule for elementary school students.
- Special schedules. Start by getting a copy of the special schedules that have already been formulated by professionals. Most schools have copies of pre-determined schedules, and will only need to tailor the schedule to meet the individual differences between schools. In fact, most schools will have a specialist who will focus on the classroom schedule. If you are assigned with the task, however, make sure that you consult the specialized schedules first since these will give you a pretty good idea of what pattern is used to create the classroom schedules.
- School wide schedules. Be sure to set aside some time for activities that the entire school will take part in, even if this is done in individual classrooms. The opening ceremonies, the flag ceremonies, and breaks should be scheduled into the classroom schedule, since these are the same for everyone at school. Apart from these, there are other periods that are shared by all classes, such as reading time that is usually scheduled after lunch.
- Fill in the blanks. It is not unusual for you to find that there are certain time slots in the day that will be left unattended. If there are blanks, make sure that you double check the curriculum and look for items that should be included in class hours and which you may have forgotten. If you have managed to squeeze the entire curriculum into the schedule, then you should prioritize the classes and see which should have more time than others. These high importance classes should take up the small empty time slots in the schedule.
- Routines. As much as possible, create a schedule with a routine that is easy to follow. Avoid creating a different schedule for each day of the week, since students will find this confusing and will only impede on the student’s ability to organize their day. Apart from a routine schedule, add in certain routines during class itself, such as dismissal routines that children should follow in order to keep them from forgetting things in their desks.
- Coordination. Try coordinating with other teachers and faculty while making the schedule. For example, you can set a single schedule for the faculty to follow, so that during each particular time all of the teachers will teach a single subject. This will allow teachers to switch between classes easily.
Finally, be sure to leave some room for flexibility in the elementary classroom schedule. Even the best of teachers will sometimes find a lesson too short or too long. With a well planned schedule, however, the lessons will all fit in the long run. Through these steps, you should be able to create a fully functional elementary classroom schedule.