Do you think I can pull this off?

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  1. Sarge

    Sarge Enthusiast

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    At my new position, I teach 4 sections of 7th grade ELA and one 7th grade social science. My students are mostly advanced. But it's an art school so they are all over the map and I have a few on IEP's and 504's, but no worse than other places I've taught.

    I get two hours of prep in the middle of each day plus half an hour for lunch, all in one block between 3rd and 7th periods. Contract time is from 8:00 to 3:35

    Between the prep time, an hour after school, and two 50 minute train rides (Amtrak, with wifi), do you think I can get all my prep and grading done without having to actually do work at home?
     
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  3. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Weren't you a fellow vice principal?
     
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    I'm sure you can; that's a good chunk of time. Stagger due dates so you'll only have one class set of an assignment to grade at a time.

    Congrats on the new position--it's nice to see you back!
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    I teach four sections of 8th ELA and one 8th reading. I get one 65 minute planning period and a 20 minute lunch. I don’t take work home. It’s definitely doable.
     
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    I would give anything for 2 1/2 hours on the middle of the school day. Elementary is a different beast entirely.

    Staggering due dates is a great idea.

    It sounds doable to me, especially if you are able to avoid distractions.
     
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  8. Sarge

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    I was. Didn’t work out. VERY long story.
     
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    Yes. I teach six different classes, with 4 preps, only get 50 minutes of planning/meeting/conference a day, plus a 30 minutes lunch, and rarely bring work home. It takes super organization, but I get it all done. I usually stay an hour or so late one day each week.
     
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    To answer your actual question, I'm at a small school where I'm the ONLY ELA TEACHER with three tiers of four grade levels. If we were a larger school, I'd be toast. However, I usually have under 100 students at any given time (did I mention my students work independently and at their individual pace, so my roster constantly changes?). Because of this, my hour before classes and a second hour at the end of the day keep me from taking work home 99% of the time.
     
  11. Sarge

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    Distractions are a problem. I have ADHD but I just got back on my meds.

    All of the middle school academic teachers have the same prep periods. That's a blessing and also a distraction as well. Everyone crowds into the staff/work room during that time.

    The school is in downtown Oakland, so there are a lot of places I can go hide if I need to.
     
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    It is most definitely possible. Mostly you only need good time management and perseverance. Limit the interruptions doing your planning time and multi-task. Someone once told me "As educators we are our harshest critic, but if we take a step back we accomplish the impossible every day."
     
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    Hard question for us to answer. Are you task-oriented? Do you usually stay on top of grading, or let it pile up?
     

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