Middle School Journal
Educational planning, Academic achievement -- United States, Middle school teaching -- United States, Curriculum planning, Interdisciplinary approach in education
The article focuses on common planning time. According to a definition by Kellough and Kellough, common planning time is a regularly scheduled time during the school day when teachers who teach the same students meet for joint planning, parent conferences, materials preparation and student evaluation. It notes that student achievements are typically high in schools with high levels of common planning time. It claims that most district schools in the U.S. perceive common planning time as a privilege but due to challenging financial times, it is said to be one component to be eradicated from school budgets. It notes a study presented in the article that showed the positive effects of common planning time on teaching, learning and achievement of young adolescents.
Mertens, S. B., Flowers, N., Anfara Jr., V. A., & Caskey, M. M. (2010). Common Planning Time. Middle School Journal, 41(5), 50-57.