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Old 12-06-2011, 10:34 AM
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When is it ok to say no?

I am the only PE teacher in my building, anytime there is a special event and a teacher misses a planning period they ask me to take their class during one of mine. I am tired of doing this is it ok for me to say no and have my planning time?
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:39 AM
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We would never dream of asking...sometimes our music and pe teacher will double up and take them if it isn't something we schedule. But if we schedule it, we are out of luck.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:41 AM
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What does your contract say?
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:41 AM
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I would say that they are taking advantage of you. I don't ever remember teacher's doing that. I remember a PE teacher offering if there were a lot of specials (like holiday things) to give up their planning, but not to give up their planning so someone else could have it.

I remember a PE teacher taking my class out at the end of the day because I had an appointment and had to leave, but first I had to clear it with the P and then ask the PE teacher. Also my PE teacher had my class until the end of the day & asked me if it was ok if he walked them to the bus. I didn't ask and he offered.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:23 PM
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I can't believe that, to be honest...I'd be highly offended if someone thought their planning time was so much more important than my planning time that I needed to take their class during it. I can see a "please help me out in this emergency" type situation, but not a "I missed my planning, can you skip yours so I can make mine up?" I would definitely say no and talk to your P. People may just not be realizing what it is they're really doing...I find that as someone that doesn't have the typical job in a school (classroom teacher being the "typical job), people automatically I assume I have gads of extra time, even though specialists get a lot less planning time than classroom teachers in my building- they just don't even realize that! I have 3 planning periods a week and they have 7, yet I get people asking me to do things for them "since they know I have extra time." They really just don't realize it. My P has had to talk to our staff as a whole about this before-not mentioning names or specific situations, of course.
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:24 PM
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I always tell teachers they can come to PE with another group
if they are losing their PE time for some reason. Kids need
to see me when I am here. Sometimes I ask for a group to come with another (like 1st or 2nd) to learn from older groups games like
soccer or steal the flag.
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Old 12-06-2011, 04:09 PM
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What!? I've never heard of such a thing. To me, that sounds very unusual.
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Old 12-07-2011, 06:38 AM
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I talked to my P

I talked to my P about the teacher wanting to take her planning time during mine because of her losing it because of christmas program practice and the P took the classroom teachers side, saying "your really going to do anything during practice so just go ahead and flip the times."
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Old 12-07-2011, 07:07 AM
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I talked to my P about the teacher wanting to take her planning time during mine because of her losing it because of christmas program practice and the P took the classroom teachers side, saying "your really going to do anything during practice so just go ahead and flip the times."
I think you may have left out a word or two in the last statement. Are you saying your P told the classroom teachers that it was OK to trade the planning periods?

I've heard of P's asking teachers to cover another class during their planning time to avoid hiring a sub for the day. In fact, I've done that several times myself, both as a regular teacher and as a sub. But I've NEVER had a P ask me to give up MY planning time so another teacher could have theirs. That's just not right.

You may need to remind the P that you ALSO have state standards that have to be met through your curriculum and you have to document how the kids are meeting those standards. So you have to plan activities and document the results, just like the rest of the teachers.
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Old 12-07-2011, 02:18 PM
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I am sure that i left out a few words, i was just really ticked off when i wrote that...
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