The master schedule is an important part of the school curriculum. A master schedule is prepared every year at the start of the session.
To make a master schedule, first last year’s master schedule is studied and reviewed to find if any objectives were not met. If so, then school leadership must try to find the reasons why. Then, a new master schedule is prepared to rectify those problems and to add a few new components.
A master schedule defines the school schedule and courses, its associated terms, periods, and days and is made in such a manner that it suits teachers, parents and the students. Therefore, proper care must be taken to try and fulfill all needs. However, the priority is always the students.
Most of the time a master schedule overwrites previous master schedules. It can be created manually or by using software. To write a new master schedule there are a few tips to consider.
Master schedule tips
First review the educational, occupational and economic trends of the current time. Then, anticipate the needs for future students. Time and technology is constantly changing. To keep the pace, one needs to include new components and leave behind ineffective components.
- The school needs to establish advisory boards for each grade so that appropriate changes can be made. Every class has their own special needs and it is better to design a schedule that suits a particular grade of students.
- The school leadership team needs to assess every academic program and the value that it is giving to the students. Along with that, the cost to the institution, response to culture and the impact on the institutional environment is also to be considered.
Input is critical
To implement all these important changes, a formal project should be planned to compile the pros and cons so that while finalizing the master plan everyone can give their input. For this to work, the school can design various forms that are completed by students and teachers to get to understand their point of view. A committee can be created to assess all the factors and submit a project report.
It is very important to take input from teachers and students. The schedule mostly affects them. They are the ones who live with the schedule every day. In fact it is a good idea to include experienced teachers in the committee so their valuable input can be considered.