By: Tony DePrato | Follow me on Twitter @tdeprato
If your phone battery is not at 100%, would you still use it? Or, would you sit and wait for it to charge?
If your water bottle is 50% empty, would you continue to use it, or would you immediately go refill it?
If a schedule is 70% ready to be built, would you start building it, or wait until you have 100% of the information?
Here are the correct answers: Use It; Drink It; Make It Now
Start Now, it is Never too Early
I have built many schedules. For new schools, new programs, residential life, and events. In my experience the most important rule about academic scheduling, PK-12, is to start now, because it is never too early. Literally, after the first week of the academic year, most schedule issues arise. Issues need solutions. Solutions need a process. Processes take time. Time is always the main currency of any PK-12 organization, and currency should not be wasted.
Scheduling is All About Percentages
Imagine planning a very traditional elementary school schedule. The homeroom kind of schedule found in many American Schools.
There are 50 teachers. In August the school is getting 10 new teachers. Do I wait for those teachers to arrive to plan the schedule?
Let’s state that another way. I have 83% of my team. Can I make a plan with 83% of my team? Yes.
Observable data and experience would easily indicate that very few people in a school want to be responsible for scheduling. This data would also indicate, that more senior staff are more likely to have the desire to be involved, as they are aware of the issues.