I'm just curious if my crazy schedule will ever get better. This is my 2nd year teaching and nothing has calmed down. Granted last year I worked many hours because I was starting from scratch. And this year, they changed the way we departmentalize... so I'm starting from scratch sort of again... I work usually 13 hours per day = 65 hours per week (mon - fri) Anyway.. here's my general breakdown... which equals.. (1 hour) 7:30... arrive at school to set up the room for the day... last minute photocopies, morning message on the board, daily objectives/state frameworks written, etc... (6 hours) 8:30 - 2:30... class! 3 days out of the week are the student's specials and our "prep" time... which is when I try to get photocopying done or grading done. 40 minutes FLY by... At this point I usually get out of the building as fast as I can... it being winter, my room is freezing... and my internet at home is more reliable and I have more stuff at home to do my work... (6 hours) 3:30 - 1030/bedtime (minus an hour or so for dinner) At home... these are on my general to-do list every night... Correcting or grading papers (homework, classwork, tests, quizzes) Recording grades and scores Lesson planning Completing any prep necessary for my lesson... i.e. creating worksheets in microsoft word to complement my lesson, finding/making manipulatives for math, reading stories and brainstorming questions, content research to enhance my lesson, making other things so that I can differentiate and include my IEP students... etc etc etc... The bulk of my time is obviously the lesson planning and lesson prep. I am very dissatisfied with our curriculums so I simply can not just open the teacher manual, follow the "script", and have them use their workbooks for practice... it doesn't help my students. I am hoping that when I have more years under my belt and I can start reusing my planned lessons and not have to start from scratch again I can save time.... but even then... each year you have different students with different needs... you can't recycle everything!!