Hey, all. I am a senior (will be certified to teach EC-4th) and will be Student Teaching this coming fall. I think a lot of people not in the education field have a misconception about the number of hours you actually spend working! I feel like I have a basic understanding of what I am in for, but I wanted to ask all you experienced teachers so that there are no surprises in store for me! 1) What time do you arrive at school in the morning and what time do you leave in the afternoon? My neighbor who is a retired teacher was like, "Well at least you'll be done by 4 most days." And I was like, "What?!" I want to know what she did to get out of there so early! 2) How much time do you actually get off during the summer? Here we get out the First week of June and start again in the last week of August. But, do you actually get all that time off to do whatever? Thanks for all your answers!