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Table 51. Percentage distribution and standard error for public elementary school music specialists, visual arts specialists, and classroom teachers reporting how frequently they participated in activities related to teaching: School year 200910
 
Activity related to teaching Never A few times a year Once a month 2 to 3 times a month At least once a week
Percent Standard
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Percent Standard error
                     
Music specialist                    
Common planning period with regular classroom teachers 74 (1.7) 18 (1.5) 3 (0.6) 2 (0.4) 3 (0.5)
Common planning period with other arts specialists at this school 47 (1.7) 25 (1.4) 7 (0.8) 5 (0.7) 17 (1.2)
Consulting with classroom teachers to help them integrate music into a lesson or unit of study that they teach 48 (2.0) 40 (1.8) 8 (0.7) 3 (0.6) 1 (0.3)
Consulting with other teachers to integrate another subject into a music lesson or unit of study that you teach 38 (2.1) 48 (1.8) 9 (1.0) 4 (0.6) 2 (0.4)
Collaborating with other teachers on designing and teaching an interdisciplinary lesson or unit of study that includes music 64 (1.7) 28 (1.4) 5 (0.7) 2 (0.5) 2 (0.4)
Sharing ideas about teaching with other teachers outside your assigned school(s) 16 (1.3) 50 (1.9) 17 (1.2) 10 (1.1) 7 (0.9)
Visiting classrooms of colleagues who teach music 58 (1.6) 33 (1.8) 3 (0.7) 2 (0.6) 4 (0.7)
Participating in site-based management or school improvement teams or leadership councils 54 (1.8) 26 (1.3) 12 (1.2) 5 (0.8) 2 (0.6)
Providing input in the preparation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students with special needs 61 (1.6) 32 (1.4) 5 (0.7) 2 (0.4) 1! (0.2)
Teaching music through virtual field trips using technology 73 (1.4) 20 (1.3) 3 (0.5) 2 (0.5) 1 (0.4)
Visual arts specialist                    
Common planning period with regular classroom teachers 65 (1.7) 24 (1.4) 4 (0.7) 3 (0.5) 4 (0.8)
Common planning period with other arts specialists at this school 54 (2.0) 19 (1.3) 8 (0.8) 6 (0.9) 13 (1.4)
Consulting with classroom teachers to help them integrate visual arts into a lesson or unit of study that they teach 31 (1.7) 49 (1.5) 11 (1.1) 6 (0.9) 3 (0.5)
Consulting with other teachers to integrate another subject into a visual arts lesson or unit of study that you teach 24 (1.5) 51 (1.6) 12 (1.2) 10 (1.1) 3 (0.6)
Collaborating with other teachers on designing and teaching an interdisciplinary lesson or unit of study that includes visual arts 42 (2.4) 43 (2.1) 8 (1.1) 4 (0.7) 2 (0.5)
Sharing ideas about teaching with other teachers outside your assigned school(s) 19 (1.5) 48 (1.8) 17 (1.2) 10 (1.0) 5 (0.7)
Visiting classrooms of colleagues who teach visual arts 60 (2.0) 30 (1.8) 6 (1.0) 2 (0.5) 3 (0.6)
Participating in site-based management or school improvement teams or leadership councils 48 (1.8) 27 (1.7) 17 (1.3) 6 (0.8) 3 (0.5)
Providing input in the preparation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students with special needs 59 (1.6) 29 (1.6) 7 (0.8) 3 (0.6) 1! (0.3)
Teaching visual arts through virtual field trips using technology 62 (1.8) 28 (1.6) 5 (0.7) 3 (0.6) 3 (0.6)
                     
Classroom teacher                    
Common planning period with the arts specialist(s) at this school1 82 (1.5) 12 (1.4) 2 (0.5) 1! (0.5) 2! (0.7)
Seeking help from the arts specialist(s) about how to integrate the arts into a lesson or unit of study that you teach1 60 (1.7) 33 (1.8) 4 (0.8) 2! (0.6) 1! (0.4)
Collaborating with the arts specialist(s) on designing and teaching an interdisciplinary lesson or unit of study that includes the arts1 72 (1.5) 22 (1.4) 3 (0.7) 1! (0.5) 1! (0.4)
Attending/observing classes that the arts specialist(s) teach(es) to your students1 73 (1.4) 19 (1.2) 2 (0.6) 2! (0.5) 4 (0.9)
Common planning period with other classroom teachers 6 (1.0) 10 (1.2) 8 (1.1) 13 (1.3) 64 (1.9)
Sharing ideas about teaching with other teachers outside this school 12 (1.1) 51 (2.0) 13 (1.2) 10 (1.0) 15 (1.4)
Participating in site-based management or school improvement teams or leadership councils 16 (1.2) 31 (1.8) 25 (1.7) 18 (1.0) 9 (1.2)
Providing input in the preparation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for students with special needs 10 (1.4) 60 (1.9) 13 (1.4) 12 (1.1) 6 (1.0)
! Interpret data with caution; the coefficient of variation is greater than or equal to 30 percent.
1 Percents are based on the 92 percent of classroom teachers at public elementary schools with music or visual arts specialists during the 2009–10 school year.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Arts specialists are education professionals with a teaching certificate in an arts discipline—such as music, visual arts, dance, or drama/theatre—who provide separate instruction in that discipline. Classroom teachers are teachers of self-contained classrooms; these teachers could teach arts areas as separate subjects or incorporate arts areas into other subjects.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Response Survey System, “Survey of Elementary School Music Specialists,” FRSS 102M, 2009–10; “Survey of Elementary School Visual Arts Specialists,” FRSS 102VA, 2009–10; and “Arts Survey of Elementary School Classroom Teachers,” FRSS 102C, 2009–10.

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