How many hours do you work a week??

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  1. 773 Miles Away

    773 Miles Away Comrade

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    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!!
     
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  3. TamiJ

    TamiJ Virtuoso

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    Hmmm. Our school days are 6 hours long each day, so that's 30 days. Of course, the kids have specials daily, on Monday they have 3 days, so I am not technically teaching during those times but I am still working (grading, planning, etc. I think you get the picture). Then I spend a good couple of hours on Sunday planning... I am not sure how to calculate the time at home looking up ideas, putting together handouts, etc. Today I have spent a good cummulated 3 hours or so, which includes grading...So, maybe 40 hours or more??? I am not really sure, but somewhere around that.
     
  4. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    6 1/2 hours a day in school. Another 1/2 hour after school traffic duty.
    About 8-10 hours per week after school tutoring.
    An hour or 2 per week at home paperwork.
     
  5. KinderCowgirl

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    I do think it tends to get better once you have that toolbox of lessons to choose from-however, for me, every class is so different I end up still spending time creating new lesson plans but can still use some of the same ideas.

    Do the hours spent on this website count as working? :p

    I am at school on average from 7:00-4:30 (sometimes later)-so 9 1/2 hours. I spend at least an hour each night on the computer returning e-mails or working on lesson plan ideas. I also spend probably at least 5 hours of the weekend preparing materials for upcoming lessons and planning. One bonus to teaching in early childhood is there isn't much grading, but we do need to do weekly common assessments and enter the data from each question on spreadsheets and create graphs.

    I don't think the general public really knows how much extra time most teachers spend working.
     
  6. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

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    ! hour before school. 6.5 hours at school. 1 hour at home at night. A few hours on the weekend...more if it is report card time. BUT, I have been teaching for a long time and it wasn't always this easy. Early in my career and when I have moved to a new teaching assignment I put in the kind of hours that you are doing.
     
  7. Ms. I

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    Back when I was a resource specialist, I worked 8 - 3, so that's 35 hrs/wk & at 3:00 on the dot, I was usually walking to my car. :)
     
  8. MrsC

    MrsC Multitudinous

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    On average, I'm at school 8-9 hours a day. Add to that 10 -15 hours at home each week and I generally work between 50 and 60 hours a week.
     
  9. halpey1

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    You know, I've never thought about how much time I spend... so of course, now I am. :)

    I arrive at school about 1.5 hours before the kids arrive - I'm a morning person (kind of) and with kindergarten, I find I am BEAT by the end of the day and not much use to myself...

    That makes it about an 8.5-9 hour day for me by the time the kids leave. I spend about 15 minutes in my room cleaning up and prepping the room for the next day, but that's it. I try to bust out no later than 3:30-3:45.

    I try to do as much planning as I can at school. I do eat lunch in the teacher's room with my co-workers, BUT after about 15-20 minutes, I always go back to my room to plan/prep.

    One thing I've found that helps, and I know this sounds a little weird or rude, but I shut my door in the mornings and at lunch time so I can actually WORK and not be interrupted. If someone needs me, they knock, but the closed door helps people think, do they really need me or not.

    I do the bulk of my planning at home, but since my school uses a canned reading and math program, it's not super bad. I'm not super crafty, so my crafts are BORING and LAME and that makes them rather easy to prepare. :D Plus, five year olds are easy to impress.

    One thing I learned my first few years teaching is - there is ALWAYS something you could stay and do. My desk isn't pretty, my closet is embarrassing, and there are little projects I could always find to do - but it's not important. You have to learn to let those things go and focus on what is important - the students and their learning, not how your desk looks or how amazing your bulletin board is.

    Ok - sorry for rambling...
     
  10. katrinkakat

    katrinkakat Connoisseur

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    I teach Kindergarten, too and I agree with you about getting things done at school. I take home files when I'm doing report cards, and take home homework to correct, but everything else I do in class.
     
  11. treysmom

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    I usually arrive around 6:45 and do not leave until around 5:00. I don't have to be at school until 7:50, but like so many of you I like to arrive early. I stay beyond 3:20 to get everything done for the next day, etc. I usually work in my room on Saturdays-it's nice to get to a copier! I would hate to total all the hours up!!
     
  12. DrivingPigeon

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    It's my 2nd year, also.

    I usually arrive at 7:30, and leave around 5 (my hours that I have to be here are 8-4). I sometimes stay later if I have things I need to get done, like grades or planning a unit. I sometimes bring work home, but it's usually something simple that I can do while I relax and watch TV.

    I come in on Sundays for about 3-6 hours each week. I use this time to plan all prepare all of my lessons for the week.

    Sometimes I feel like I work too much, but it's been getting better. Like you, I don't like to follow the lesson plan books word for word. I have a pretty good collection built up from last year, though!
     
  13. wrice

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    Everyday stuff gets easier each year but crunch time around report cards and comment writing easily adds another 20 hours per week.
     

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