How many periods do you have?

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  1. maestraraven96

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    Hi all, I am a middle school Spanish teschtt so I teach all the 6, 7 and 8th grade students. I was told that I'll have 8 periods. In middle school how many periods do you have? Is 8 a lot? I am going to be a first year teacher.
     
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    Between my DH and I, we have taught anywhere from 5 to 8 periods per day.

    Next year I will have a six period day. My DH has a seven period day.

    Within our building the sixth graders have a 5 period day. The sixth and seventh graders have a 6 period day.
     
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    I have 6 periods! How long are your classes?
     
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    Our school has 8 periods. I teach 6 periods, have a planning period, and I leave before the last period.
     
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    The students have 8 periods of which one is lunch. I have an advisory period (a study hall/support period) and teach 5 periods. So students are in my classroom for 6 periods but I'm only actually teaching during 5 as the advisory period isn't an instructional period. I can't imagine teaching 8 periods per day unless they're quite short (our periods are 52 minutes) and even with short periods that a whole lot of grading with so many students!

    The language teachers at my school teach 6 periods - two each for sixth, seventh and eight grade.
     
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    My private school is very generous with prep periods and you typically get multiple prep periods, especially if you teach AP classes and many different classes. Since I teach 3 AP’s currently, I got 3 prep periods last year (AP Stats, AP Calc AB, and AP Calc BC).

    This year, I’m teaching two periods of AP Stats, one period of AP Calc BC, and one period of Calc 3, and so I get 3 prep periods. I love it and they are spaced out so my schedule looks like this:

    1) Prep
    2) AP Stats
    3) AP Stats
    4) Prep
    5) AP Calc BC
    6) Prep
    7) Calc 3

    I don’t really need the prep periods as I am a very quick grader and my classes are already prepped for for the entire year. This means I essentially get three free periods each day. This gives me time to grade if I need it, answer parent and staff emails, make business phone calls, make copies, set up activities, etc, or just relax.
     
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    We have 8 periods for junior high and high school, plus a half hour for lunch, which doesn't count as one of the periods.
     
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    Do you have a prep?
     
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    Yes, we get one period as a prep and then a half an hour for lunch.
     
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    Only 30 minutes for lunch?! I get 45-50 minutes depending on the day of the week. That sucks...!
     
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    We have a 9 period day, each period roughly 40 minutes or so. We teach 5 of the periods, have 1 period of duty (study hall, hallway, cafe, etc), and have 3 periods off.
     
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    I'm not sure how many periods my school has, but I was told that I will be teaching 3 70-minute classes. I will also have a 45 minute prep period, a 15 minute data period, and a 30 minute lunch. I will also have 45 minutes a day for meetings with my grade level team and math team. So I am assuming we have a 5 period day plus lunch.
     
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    9 periods?! I’ve never heard of such a thing. I’m glad I only have 7 periods (50 minutes each).
     
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    I’m confused. How do you leave before the last period?
     
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    6 (60 mins) periods a day with 8 periods total (we have a rotating drop schedule and two periods a day drop). I teach 5 periods of 8 plus I have a 45 mins lunch everyday. One of the three periods is a duty like study hall (which is essentially like another prep period). Some days I only teach three classes but one to two days a week I teach 5 depending on the week (with only one prep). Next year I will have only one day of three classes but I’ll never teach more than 4. It’s a complicated schedule to explain but I like it.
     
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    Wow yalls schedules are complicated compared to mine. 4 periods, 3 are 85 mins long, 3rd period is longer due to lunch. Lunch is something like 35mins. Teachers have 3 classes and a prep.
     
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    Yes, though 1 of the 9 is a lunch period. We have lunch periods 4-8 so students can have it at any of those depending on their schedule. I have grown to love shorter periods as it is more brisk, intense, and faster paced. We get them in and out, and have not time to waste. There was some talk about moving to a block schedule, and most teachers in my school are in favor of longer periods, but I'm not. For kids who don't love math, more than 40 minutes is overkill.
     
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    I've had everywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on how the schedule worked that year. Honestly, I don't need much more than 30 minutes. Forty minutes was probably my favorite, but sixty minutes was way too long.
     
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    I like the relaxation time and am not willing to give that up. Also, I watch Netflix on my iPad as I eat lunch! It’s awesome, haha!
     

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