I've got a number of elementary school teachers interested in using Moodle. I'm wondering about how to structure their courses and deal with teachers who have students coming in and out of their classrooms for particular subjects. For example:
Mr. Smith has a section of 5th grade students, but he also teaches all the language arts for the entire group of four 5th grade classrooms. Similarly, Ms. Jones has her own classroom, but teaches all the science to all four 5th grade classes.
Now if Mr. Smith and Ms. Jones set up Moodle courses for their homerooms, how can they deal with the other students who come to them for certain subjects only?
Has anyone come up with a solution for this scenario?
I suspect it follows from your model of curriculum design; if you think in terms of subjects (as we do) then you might adopt a model similar to that for a senior school; if you classes are taught by their form teacher for almost everything then an integrated grade 5 course might be more appropriate.
Our plan is to set up each subject for each year (grade) as a seperate course, so Year 5 Maths is one course, Year 6 Science would be another etc.I'm not sure at the moment whether each term's work should be a course in its own right - probably not. Within these courses one could set up sub-groups for each class, form or set and allocate different resources accordingly. There could also be a case for setting up social forums for classes seperately.
Another alternative to subjest specific courses (which would require a teacher to login to many different courses to update information - also students would have to register for many different courses) would be to have each teacher have their own course. Within the teacher's course set up "Topics format." This woill allow a teacher to login to only one course and from their each "topic" becomes a subject.
Just a thought.