75 hours a week is this normal?

Discussion in 'Special Education' started by lifecomplicated, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. lifecomplicated

    lifecomplicated Rookie

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    After seven weeks of SDC core middle school teaching I am no where near reducing my time spent grading and creating lesson plans. Don't even get me started on paperwork. The office staff hate me for late paperwork and this is because I put theirs outside and focus on my special ed paperwork. I am on my third IEP and I am exhausted. I come to work early and leave last and even the building guy is starting to dislike me because he wants to leave but has to wait till 6 to close the gates. I hope it gets better and I am so glad I took this quarter off from my masters program if not I will go crazy.
     
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    I hear you. I have been averaging 12 hour days since the week before school started. There are only a handful of days this year that I have left school before 6 pm. I am starting to reach my breaking point. I am not sure how much longer I can work like this.
     
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    I lived and breathed my special ed. class my first year. I actually felt guilty for taking a break to go to a movie. I went away once for 2 days over a long weekend and I could not enjoy it. I went out maybe once a month and that was it. I was at work from 6:30 am until at least 6 pm and then I went home and worked for at least 2 more hours. I did less my second year and my third year was great. I could actually go home 2 days during the week and not do any work (I still brought my work bag home -- just in case :)).

    I am in my fourth year of teaching a self-contained class and I still have a tinge of guilt when I don't do any work on a Saturday but I have learned to live with that guilt :D! I am in a new country, with different curriculum and expectations and find myself just doing a little bit more work than I did last year but not too much that I feel overwhelmed.

    Remember developing your own curriculum takes a lot of time, but it will cut down on your planning/prep time next year.
     
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    My social life is my bed and that to me is sad. I come home and go straight to bed every day and weekends are sleep ins for me.
     
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    I was on my way to feeling just like you! Another special education teacher at my school helped me create a system that works great for having curriculum organized. I got file crates and hanging file folders for every class that I teach (I work with the autistic population). Each class has a different color. I then have pocket folders that match the color for the class. On the pocket folders I write Monday Lesson, Tuesday Lesson, etc (one for each day); I do the same for homework. I have grade standards and decide on week what I will focus on i.e. verbs, sentence writing. I am able to spend a few hours searching for materials and ideas. When I make copies I place my worksheets and ideas in the folders for that day. I can often find multiple worksheets at different levels for the same content i.e. verbs. When I come to school all I have to do is pull out the folder for the day each period (I am in middle school) but it would work for elementary just as well. I give them homework every night and have material. It has been great! Often times I catch myself moving material to another day because we don't get through it all.

    Hope this idea helps. Let me know if you want anymore clarification.
     
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    Thanks for replying and I will let you know if it works.
     

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