What are your working conditions like?

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  1. ms.irene

    ms.irene Devotee

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    Wow! DO you teach an elective or main content? I'm amazed by your class sizes.
    I'm also assuming you have five classes that meet for 45 minutes/day, five times/week? That sounds like the schedule at the high school I went to. I am really on the fence about our block schedule. 100 minutes can be a looooong time...
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    My classes are about 15-20. Not sure if there is a cap - the cap is the amount of lockers we have LOL
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    6 classes 4 days per week for 45-50 minutes each. On Wednesday I only have 4 classes for 45-50 minutes each.
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    4 days at 45 minutes and 1 day at 20-25 min
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    I only have my prep and 20 minutes for lunch.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    Each classroom has one desktop computer and a smartboard. The library has several computers and we have a computer classroom that students visit once or twice a week. I also have a document camera that I purchased with parent donations.
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    I don't actually know. I have always gotten everything I have asked for, between the office and parent donations.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    Pennsylvania. We are union but I'm in a Catholic school. We are in an association.
    What else did I leave out?
     
  3. dgpiaffeteach

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    I teach English. I have six classes this year and we meet 45 minutes a day each day. We are a very small rural school, so we just got very lucky!
     
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  4. czacza

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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    I have 21 kiddos. I dont know what cap is in my area
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)? About 5 house per dau
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week? About 70 minutes
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc? 50 minute lunch and then the approximate 70 minutes in above question
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Smart board, doc cam, lap top carts
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? $300 supply oder per year, plus we send home personal supply list to parents. School provides Kleenex, wipes and paper towels in addition
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?NJ. Union
    What else did I leave out? PD opportunities. We are part of a regional consortium that provides workshops and other of opportunities cities at no cost to teachers. Also $1500 remuneration for coursework per contract period (3 years)
     
  5. FourSquare

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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    I'm SPED....I have 10 in my pull out class. The gen ed classes are 28-30.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    A little over 5 hours per day. 1500ish minutes a week.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    Four 60 minute periods. (The 5th is used for meetings.)

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    60 min prep and 45 min lunch.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Chromebooks, document camera

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? $250 a year in our contract. Since I transferred to a different school, there's also a more active and able PTA that sometimes gives us Amazon giftcards.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    IL. Union.

    What else did I leave out? Building quality. Buildings are a big deal, here. They're mostly pretty old. Both my current and last school maintain buildings built before 1900. This is a sharp contrast to somewhere like Vegas, where I just returned from. All their schools seem new and up to date!
     
  6. christie

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    I'm a gifted specialist, so my answers will be a little different. When it's applicable, I'll include info on classroom teachers as well.

    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    My class sizes run from 7 (K/1) to 21. Our gen ed classes run from 17 to 24. They're capped at 24. Each K/1 class has a full-time instructional assistant. Next year, second grade will share an IA.
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)? I teach each grade level I pull for 2 hours a week in reading and 2 hours a week in math. We have 7 hour day. I'm in front of kids approximately 6-6.5 hours a day. Teachers are in front of their classes for 5 (30 minutes recess, 60 minutes planning, 30 minutes lunch).
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week? Some weeks I have none (I set my own schedule, but have a lot of different groups to see). Classroom teachers have 4 hours. They have a PLC (I attend all of them) once a week. I could set my schedule so that I'm more in line with what most teachers in my building are doing, but my kids won't get what they need - and their classroom teachers won't get as much support as they need if I do.
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc? Most days I have 30 minutes for lunch, some days, it's non-existent. I can usually grab a bathroom break as I drop off one group before I pick up the next group. Classroom teachers have 30 minutes a day for lunch. Planning an hour a day (see above)/
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Grades 2-4 are 1:1. K/1, I have access to 5 Chromebooks, but I don't use them much with those kids.
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? $200/year.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union? Virginia. Right to work state. We have an "association."
     
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    I have HS SPE, self-contained, junior/seniors+.

    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    10, no cap. (When I had preschool SPE we got up to 27 SPE/Typical total. NO CAP! Stupid!!)
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)? 370x5
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week? 35 min (during PE) then before/after school x5
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc? I eat lunch with mine.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Smartboard, 4 iPads, 6 android tablets, and a computer.
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? Copy paper is supplied. We had $370 I think.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union? I'm a part of AEA.
    What else did I leave out? Sick/Personal days. 1 sick a month, 5 personal (2 freebies and 3 that cost $50 out of pocket). Personal days that aren't used turn into sick days for the next year. Even the $50 OOP ones. Woohoo!

     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    My state is capped at 25 but districts can ask for waivers, which, they always get. In my previous district, I had 20 to 26 kids every year (lower elementary). I have since made an (amazing, wonderful, awesome, did I say amazing? Lol.....) switch to a very rural district close to home. This is my first year with them, I will never leave! I have 11 4th graders this year :) Classes are generally anywhere from 10 to 16. There are 2 classrooms per grade, Pre-k through 5th.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    About 24 hours.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?

    About 12 hours.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    I'm not sure my school would call anything other than our 25 minute lunch a "break". Between lunch, 4 recess periods, and their specials time I am without kids roughly 2 hours and 50 minutes a day out of 7.5 hours. They start with a 30 minute recess while we prep. Throughout the day they have a 15 minute snack recess, a 40 minute special, a 30 minute lunch recess, 25 minute lunch period for them and me, and then they end the day with a 30 minute recess. Twice a week I have lunch duty and lose that extra 25 minutes.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?

    I have 6 laptops, 3 ipads and a smart board for the kids. I have a Macbook Air for me.

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?

    We get $800 at the beginning of the year for the whole year's worth of supplies for our room.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?

    I'm in New England, rural, public, union.
     
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  10. SpecialPreskoo

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    OK.... back on topic, people!
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    We had free breakfast and massages today arranged by our school nurse. Amazing.
     
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    Quoting for the sake of unintentionally awkward/funny jumbling of words/letters by the phone...
     
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    Fat finger. Now edited.
     
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    The thing that stands out the most to me is the fact that you have a school nurse. I think we have one... somewhere... who's never on campus and is in charge of at least 10 schools or something... I mean, I've never met them, but I've heard there's a nurse somewhere...
     
  16. YoungTeacherGuy

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    They're becoming more and more visible here in CA. At one point (probably ten or so years ago), we only had 2 in the entire district. Now, every school in my district has a RN for 2.5 days/week.
     
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    That's shocking to me! Maybe I'll see one soon. I'm switching districts, so who knows? ;)
     
  18. AmyMyNamey

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    Conditions in the state of Indiana are rapidly deteriorating. Indiana is branding itself as a non-unionized source of cheap unskilled and semi-skilled labor, having declared an all-out war on unions and worker's rights a decade ago. I tell young people not to pursue a teaching career, but to do ANYTHING else, instead. I tell them that getting out of the state of Indiana is one of the best decisions they could ever make.

    How big are your classes? Are they capped?

    Classes are supposedly capped at 32 without instructional aides being present, but that is about to increase.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?

    I have well over 360 minutes a week. Most teachers have around 270, and never more than 150 at a single stretch.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?

    I have none. We are supposed to have 150 minutes per contract.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?

    On paper, I have 30 minutes, but that works out to 20-25, as I must move students around during my official lunch time.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?

    We have Smart Boards, which are expensive but have a short life span. Most computers are still running Windows XP. Each building has WiFi, but our devices have largely been unable to connect to this network for some time. I had to buy the equipment I needed to teach with out of my own pocket.

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?

    The state has a substantial amount of money set aside for the supplies needed for every student, but we are rarely allowed to access any of this. Where the money goes, I have no idea. We get some assistance from grants and Title 1. I've had to buy my own supplies out of pocket for years.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?

    Indiana only allows for castrated unions. Unions are not allowed to bargain working conditions. It is illegal to pay teachers based on education or seniority. The state is currently testing mechanisms that will drop salaries to bare minimums, targeting the poorest districts first.

    What else did I leave out?

    It wasn't always like this. Teaching was a great profession, until a decade ago. Now, you can make more with just a high school diploma, but for a lucky few working in affluent districts. Even then, pay is unable to keep pace with inflation.
     
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