How many hours a week?

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How many hours a week?

  1. Less than 40 hours

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  2. 40-50 hours

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  3. 51-60 hours

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  4. More than 60 hours

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  1. Taliesin

    Taliesin Rookie

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    Oct 12, 2007

    How many hours a week do you put into your job? What grade do you teach? and How many years have you been teaching??

    For those that have been teaching longer: Did you see the amount of time you put into your classroom drop significantly each year or does it stay about the same?

    Do you prefer to plan for a large amount of time all at once or do you do a little each day?
     
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  3. bonneb

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    This is year 12 for me, but I changed from h.s. to primary half way through. I prefer prepping one week at a time and having everything in order and ready to go, at my fingertips, before Monday morning. However, so far this year I have been going day to day which really stresses me out. I am missing out on some of the special things I usually do because I am not planning ahead.

    That said, I MUST leave room to be spontaneous because some of my best ideas come to me on the spot.

    My hardest year was my first year teaching first grade. I worked late every day and worked every weekend day. The next year I did the same, with Sundays off. The 3rd year I had enough prep time at school, with some evening work, to not work most weekends!! Then I got a curve ball with a difficult class and was back to working most weekends. This year I have so far taken off 2 Sundays and 1 Saturday. But I think it is because my after school hours are so crammed that I am not able to plan well day to day. I usually end up doing cleaning/organizing on the weekend, instead of planning, which puts me behind for the week.
     
  4. teacherpippi

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    51-60 hours (depends on the week, but it falls into this range)
    I teach 2nd grade.
     
  5. firstgradeteach

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    I teach first grade. This is my second year of teaching. I spend a lot less this year than last year working. I still work 7 days a week but Monday- Thursday are pretty much all waking hours working on something. Friday I just spend 2 hours before school and 2 hours after school working. Saturday and Sunday are just about 2-3 hours each day. Those days are more planning long term. It seems much more manageable this year but I am always working at being more organized so that I have to spend a lot less time.

    I still LOVE my job, so I don't mind the time that I spend. I guess I even count this forum as work! LOL Many people have terrific ideas that I read about and try to implement.

    The more organized I am the more I accomplish in less time. :)
     
  6. uclalum

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    I would say 51-60. This is my second year teaching fifth grade. To be honest, I am always doing something teacher related.
    I enjoy myself though, so it's not really work.
     
  7. Pencil Monkey

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    60 or more. This is my first year in elementary but I've spent 3. Years teaching middle school as well. I also only get 30 minutes a day for planning and have to eat with my students.
     
  8. 6SinTeaching

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    51-60 hours. I've been teaching for 18 years. I'm teaching grade 3 for the first time in 12 years (although I spent the same amount of hours in the past no matter how long I've taught the grade). I usually spend time doing something related to education everyday after school. I enjoy change and staying current.
     
  9. mom&teacher

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    This is my 5th year teaching (3rd year in 2nd, I've taught 4th/5th split and 1st). I spend a lot less time this year because I know our curriculum and I have the state standards pretty much memorized! Most of my time is spent doing things for my team, I'm the team leader of 6 needy people! I get to work an hour early and leave as soon as I'm allowed, after the kids leave I'm brain dead. I learned to use my parents last year, I only correct writing assignments and tests!

    Oh, and I work 41-50 hrs. a week!
     
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