How many preps do you have?

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  1. misswhammy

    misswhammy Rookie

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    I am confused. In my area, a "prep" refers to a period during the day when one prepares his/her lessons. Does a prep also mean the types of courses you are teaching?
     
  2. Aliceacc

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    Around here it refers to both.

    MY prep period is 3rd period this year. But I am preparing for only one course this year (and I still can't believe that :) ) so I have only one prep. I'm assuming that next year I'll have at least two.
     
  3. Ima Teacher

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    Usually we have one prep period, and most have one class they teach several times per day. For several years we all taught one grade level--four classes per day--and had two planning periods.

    My first year I had no planning time and four preps at two schools. I had 12th grade English, 11th grade English, and 9th grade English at the high school and then went across town to teach 7th grade reading at the middle school. Technically my "prep" was in my travel time. My house happened to be between the two schools, so I stopped by and grabbed a sandwich at home most days.

    For several years I taught 3 7th grade and 3 8th grade LA classes with one prep.

    I like teaching the same class all day long. I don't get bored because each class is still slightly different, so I'm sort of doing something different each time.
     
  4. ayotte04

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    No Preps

    Believe it or not, I just finished my student teaching in a district where this particular school was the ONLY one WITHOUT a prep. yes you read that right. Something got really messed up with their contract at this particular middle school way back like 10 years ago, and the school board is just now getting around to SLOWLY make changes.

    it was ridiculous. I can't imagine you teachers who have more than 1 prep.
     
  5. Brendan

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    Alice how long is that prep period? At our school each teacher gets one 85 minute block for planning, the department chairs get 2-3 85 minute blocks, well except me of course.
     
  6. Aliceacc

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    We're not on block scheduling. On a "normal" day (no assemblies or mass or anything) each period is 38 minutes. Depending on which special schedule we have, they can all shrink down to 29 minutes.

    We also have an "on call" period each day. If it's not our turn to substitute for someone who is out, that period is also free. You can't always depend on it though.
     
  7. Mrs. R.

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    I teach 2 double periods of LA and one period of Social Studies. I have 2 planning periods and 1 team period each day in addition to my lunch period. I'm gosh darn lucky, it seems!
     
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    I'm pretty sure I'll wind up with 5 preps this fall: World History, US History, Geography, Civics, and American Government. Should be interesting...
     
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    Good luck, in all my years of teaching I have never taught that much nor been in a High School with Government Course or Geogrpahy.
     
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    Misunderstood

    I apologize. I misunderstood the question. I thought you meant how many prep periods as in free periods that you're not teaching. But what you meant was how many different types of classes did you have to prepare for

    is that right? see my response from June 2nd
     
  11. Aliceacc

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    At this point, we're kind of doing both uses of the word at once :)
     
  12. Caesar753

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    We are on a block schedule, which consists of 4 85-minute class periods (which meet every other day) plus one 45-minute early bird class(which meets daily). I teach the early bird and 5 regular blocks.

    Last year I had 3 planning preps, and this was the perfect amount for me. 3 planning preps amounts to about 6 hours every two days.
     
  13. Caesar753

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    Oh, and if we're talking about how many classes I have to prepare for, then it's 3, kind of 3.5.

    Latin I
    Latin II H
    Latin III H

    And since one of those Latin II H classes meets daily, I have to organize it a little differently.
     
  14. Aliceacc

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    Wow, how cool to see another school that teaches Latin!!! Not that I know any of it, but my kids do :)
     
  15. Caesar753

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    Latin is super fabulous, and it's also the fastest growing foreign language in our high schools today!

    I think a lot of people don't know how popular Latin is, especially in the East and South. There's a huge student organization called the National Junior Classical League for students interested in Latin and the Classics. It's one of the biggest clubs in the country, right behind the Boy Scouts.
     
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    This past year I had four preps. 7th and 8th grade social studies, 9th grade geography and 12th grade government.

    Next year I will have 6,7,8 grade social studies with 6,7,8 grade literature.
     

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