Tie And Jeans

This Venn Diagram spells trouble

Independent schools often play fast and loose with job definitions, for the best of reasons.  Teachers that are passionate about their subject can stay focused on their area of interest, even if results in a schedule that’s not quite what a public school would recognize as 1.0 FTE.  Great specialists can work with a range of grade levels, building a fantastic program that spans years.

But it’s also the greatest source of schedule headaches.  As divisions tweak their schedule to make best use of impacted spaces (gym, cafeteria, field), the crossover teacher finds themselves with a schedule that requires teleportation at best, and simultaneous projection at worst.  Then the responsibilities assigned to those teachers get missed, other team members pick up the slack and grumble, and the ground swell builds to just “have a normal schedule.”

My week.  Unless we have an alternate B-Day.

We want clean boxes for our responsibilities. We want everyone’s work load to be fair and equivalent.

Those are great goals for clean.  But we’re getting messier all the time.

I’m not sure where tech fits in to this. My schedule certainly makes it look like I have a special set of skills that needs to be spread around to specific chunks of space/time in order to work. My blogroll and PLN seem to be pointing towards a world of ubiquitous knowledge, where access to specialized information is only limited by time and bandwidth.

While I recognize that it’s entirely probably that this is only my own prejudice and habits manifesting as beliefs, but I still believe in the continued existence of schools (defined here as a physical collaboration of adults and children, focused on developing ideas, character, and skills) for the K-8 world. But it’s going to look a lot different moving forward than the tiny, colored spreadsheet we’re living in now.


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