Survey: What's your course load?

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  1. Odradek

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    Hi all,

    I've found data on this is surprisingly vague, so a quick survey:

    What's your course load? How many preps do you have? And what's your average class size? Are you at a public, independent, or parochial school?

    Thanks!!
     
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    Public
    Four preps
    Average class size is ten
     
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    5 preps
    20
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    Two Preps
    22 kids

    That varies a lot, though. I've had as many as four preps and 35 kids in a class. Same school. Same grade level. Same subject.
     
  6. futuremathsprof

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    Private for the win.

    4 preps

    20-25 kids per class (AP Stats, AP Calc AB/BC, Geometry)
     
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    1 prep (most of my colleagues have 2, and some years I have 2)

    Classes size average 22-23
     
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    Public middle school.
    Three preps
    classes are typically 22-26 students
     
  9. MsAbeja

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    Public middle school
    4 preps/courses (I teach a total of 5 sections)
    28 kids in two classes, 15 in the others (but the smaller classes are intervention classes, so they're "needier" students)
     
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    2 preps (subjects) over 4 classes

    26 students
     
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    I can't believe how many people have 4 or more preps---that's insanity!!! Our union doesn't allow more than 3, and 3 is only in unique situations (i.e. there is only 1 sign language teacher, etc.) I don't think having that many preps it is really possible to be able to plan for all that within the allotted planning time.
     
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    I have had 4 before. It's not too bad when you have taught the classes before. This year I have 3 preps but in all new courses (I switched schools). It IS a lot of work but I enjoy the kids, the school and admin. so it''s no worries. I must be inefficient as I have never been able to get all my planning done in the allotted planning time!:) Next year I will have 4 preps but the new one is my favorite class to teach!!! I have taught only in smaller schools so I am guessing my average class size to be no more than 14-15. I don't think I would be happy in a large school environment. Occasionally I have had classes with 3-5 students. That is a lot of fun and the kids seems to like it as well.
     
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    1 prep
    25-30 class size
     
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    Public
    5 preps
    Average of 30 per class
     
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    Public high school
    2 courses, 5 sections
    2-3 prep periods (200-290 mins per week)
    classes capped at 32, some electives are a bit lower (smallest class is 27)
     
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    Under 20
     
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    Daily Class
    6 hours (including supervision during lunch)
    5.5 hrs. (excluding supervision during lunch)
    12 students
    No separate planning periods

    Public School
     
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    This is my first year teaching and having four subjects to prep for has absolutely killed me. I'm hoping to get it down to 3 for next year.
     
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    What subject(s)/grade level do you teach? :)
     
  20. MsAbeja

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    Middle school--Spanish, ESL Language Arts, an ELL support class, and a random elective that was thrown my way at the last minute to fill out my schedule. I'm really hoping to grow the Spanish program somehow, though.
     
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    I have four. I've had as many as six at a previous school though. I do a lot of my planning over the summer, and now it's usually just minor tweaks here and there. We're very small (40ish kids in a graduating class), so it's just how it is. Three or four preps is ideal for me. When I only had one or two, I would get so bored teaching the same thing over and over again.
    I have far less grading due to the smallness of our school though. Three of my seven periods have fewer than five students in them. Most of my other classes are under 15.
     

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