# How many hours do you work?

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I was just poking around the secondary forum and they had a thread about how many hours do you work - including your actual school day, before/after school, meetings and weekends. Now I'm curious about how that stacks up for el. teachers!

Anyone want to play? I'll start:

School Day - 7 hours *5 days = 35
Before School - 45 min. *5 days = 3.75
After School - 1.5 hours *5 days = 7.5
Evenings - 30 min. *4 days = 2
Meetings =1
Weekends ~4
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Total = 53.25

3. ### JaimeMarieModerator

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I have to be at the school by 7:10 (usually here at 7) and usually leave at about 4pm.
The students start to arrive at 7:20 and have all left at 3:10.

So for at school time it is 45 hrs
I have never figured out how much I do at home. Probably about an 2 hrs a night Sunday to Thursday. I don't do anything on Friday. that is my night off. But I do correct papers on Saturdays. That gives me about 10 hrs of not at work time I put in.

Brings me to a total of 55. Also, it depends on what we are doing during the week. Some weeks could be less while others I have a lot more work I need to do at home.
Does that make sense?

4. ### Steph-ernieGroupie

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School is in session from 8:30-3:10, but I'm always there from at least 7:30-4:30 (sometimes longer). I spend probably an average of an hour each evening grading and things at home and an average of about 6 hours on the weekends either catching up on grading or prepping in the classroom. That brings me to a grand total of 56 hours. (Of course this varies greatly from week to week)

5. ### MableEnthusiast

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I go in M-F from 7 a.m. and leave usually around 5:30 ish so that's ....10.5 hours a day.....and 52.5 hours a week.

I try and be planned and ready for the next week by Friday afternoon before I leave so I can have the weekends for my family.

There are additional activities like special projects that I have to research, plan, and prepare for that I try and do in spare moments on weekends or "vacations".... There are also parent teacher conferences and special programs and I am also a member of our PTA.

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About 50 hours a week is usual for me, up to 65 during report writing (4 weeks a year) and a low would be 40-42 hours.

One of my goals this year is to get that figure (the 50) down from an average to a maximum, except during report writing when all bets are off.

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School Day - 7 hours *5 days = 35
Before School - 1 hour *5 days = 5
After School - 2 hours*5 days = 10
Evenings - 1.5 hours*4 days = 6
Meetings =1
Weekends= 6

Total~ about 63 hours a week

My new year's goal is to get that down below 60!

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I should show this thread to my husband. I'm a first year teacher and no matter how late I stay after school I always come home with work and on the weekends, too. We just got married and he's laughing because he has a job on Wall Street and when he gets home at 8 I'm still in my work clothes and at the computer doing something for my kids.... At least I know I'm not the only one!!

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Jen, I am also a first year teacher- not married yet but my boyfriend wonders why it takes up so much of my time on the weekend! At least we keep hearing this is normal!

10. ### JustMeVirtuoso

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Regular School Day: 7 hrs. 20 min. 8 x 5 days
Before School: 20 min. x 5 days
After School: 2 hrs. 30 min. x 5 days (low average)
Evenings: none
Weekends: 5 hours (low average)

MINIMUM 55 hours

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I'm not gonna go into the details of it, except that I'm usually there at 8 and gone about 4.

The most accurate and quickest answer I can give would be 'too much yet not enough'.

Do I add in the Friday nights I spend watching a bunch of the kids play basketball?

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I have a friend who teaches 8th grade and she is always shocked at the amount of time I spend prepping things. She has to grade papers, but usually a bunch of them at once; it will take up one whole weekend a month, but it seems like the rest of her work does itself or something! Whereas, I am constantly thinking of board games or cutting up cards/pictures for my 2nd graders! But my kids are cuter!
Of course, I'm a new teacher, too. MAYBE it will get easier.

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Yes, it does get easier!!

I've been teaching 1st/2nd grade for 16 years now.

I never bring home work with me during the week....only on some weekends...and that is only about 1 hours worth of work. After you've been teaching a while, you learn how to lighten the load.

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School day = 6.5
Before = 0.75
After = 2
Evenings and Weekends = 4

1st year was much, much more, not even counting the hours my mother put in (in addition to her full time job)!

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Ooh, this is very interesting. I haven't actually figured out my REAL hours yet. Okay, let's see:
School hours- 7 hours X 5= 35
after school- 1 hour and 30 minutes x 5= 7 hours and 30 minutes
Evenings and weekends= 2 hours

Total = around 48 hours and 30 minutes. Not too bad for a second year teacher

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Before School 40 minutes a day = 3 hours
School hours = 35 hours
After school 1 3/4 * 5 = 8 hours 45 minutes
Home during the week = 3 hours 45 minutes
Weekends = at least 4 hours

Total for a first year fifth grade teacher= 54 1/2 hours

17. ### claudine2000Rookie

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Last year (my 1st year)
In the school building 7:40-7:00 x 4, 7:40-5:45 x 1 = = ~56hrs,
At home 3.5hrs x 5 = 17hrs
weekends 6-8 hours
Total of ~80hrs/week

This year
In the building 7:40-5:45 x 4, 7:00-5:00 x 1 = 50hrs
at home 2.5 hrs x 5 = 12.5hrs
weekends = 6hrs
Total of ~ 68hrs

Its getting better
Goal for next year...stay no later than 5:15.

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School Day - 7 hours *5 days = 35
Before School - 1 hour *5 days = 5
After School (planning) - 2 hours*2 days = 4
After School Academic Coach - 3 hours*3 days = 9
Evenings - 1.5 hours*4 days = 6
Meetings =2
Weekends= 6 (minimum)

Total~ at least 67 hours a week

Really could have done without doing that math!

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School Day - 6 hours x 5 = 30
Before School - 1 hour x 5 = 5
After School - 3 hours x 5 = 15
Evenings - 1 hour x 5 = 5
Weekend = at least 4

Total = at the very least 59 hours

I don't know how the other teachers at my school do it!

20. ### Proud2BATeacherPhenom

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School hours - 7.25 x 5 = 36.25
Before School - 1 hr x 5 = 5
After School - 1.25 hr x 5 = 6.25
Evenings - 1 hr x 5 = 5
Weekend - at least 5 hours

Total = 57.5 hours

I worked about 82 hours a week my first year. I feel like I have so much free time now .

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School Day = 7 hours x 5 days = 35 hours
Before School = 45 min. x 5 days = 3.75 hours
After School = 2 hours x 5 days= 10 hours
Evenings = 1 hour x 4 days= 4 hours
Meetings = That fits in the after school schedule. However, the week of the 15th, FORGET IT! That'll be like 6 hours.
Weekends = 4 hours

56.75 hours, normally

The week of the 15th will be GASP... 61.75 hours, at least!

22. ### Ms.JasztalMaven

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Some weekends are about 8 hours, too, which would make the weekly load about 60 hours. Lesson planning sometimes takes a LOT more time than I wish. Grading papers sometimes takes about an hour and a half. Grading writing takes longer.

During break, the workload has been tremendous...
Today= 2 hours organizing writing portfolios
Break= At least 10 hours getting January's lesson plans ready (reading portfolio materials took a good 6 hours, too)
Earlier this break= 2 hours organizing educational materials at home

That's... a lot.

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I refuse to try to figure it out--I just don't want to know. Far too many, though!

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i never really sat down and thought about it. let see...

school day is from 8-3:30 = 7.5 hours X 5 = 37.5
i go in at 7:30 X 5 = 2.5
i leave on mon - wed around 5:00 X 3 = 4.5
mon - thur from 6:30-8:30 i grade papers = 8
sundays i go in for 2 hours to plan for the week

grand total of 54.5 hours a week. ICK! i feel like it's more though. thank god my husband works saturday through wednesday from 9am - 9 pm. or i wouldn't get anything done! lol. that's why on thursdays and fridays i leave as soon as the kiddos do...to spend time with hubby.

anyway, thanks for this post...it got me to sit down and realize how much i actually do.

LC

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i forgot to mention that i'm a first year teacher too! so those hours aren't too bad, right? i find that grading takes up most of my time and i KNOW that i don't grade everything! how do you manage grading?

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During my first year of teaching, I was teaching middle school, so I didn't work much more than 50 hours per week....40 at school, and about an hour after, then time on the weekends. It was AWESOME to have 90 minutes of planning per day! I really feel that elementary teachers need that time more than middle school/high school teachers do!

Now (in my 5th year) my hours look like this:

At school from about 7:30-4:30 5 days a week=45 hours
An average of 1 hour per night at home=5 hours
Weekends=5 hours

Total: About 55 hours per week

That is probably the minimum. There are weeks when that number is closer to 70 hours...especially when we have a million after school activities and meetings. My goal is to be one of those teachers who can do a great job but spend LESS than 50 hours per week doing it!!!

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This is interesting. I haven't actually looked at my hours yet...

School day: 7.5 x 5 days = 37.5
Before School: 1 x 5 = 5
After School: 2 x 5 = 10
Meetings: 1
Weekends: 2-3

Total: about 56.... Yet I'm only paid for 38! Hopefully next year I can get the hours down a bit!

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Hours spent at school?

I teach at a private school and usually am able to spend about 1 hour before and after school to get my work done.

I am wondering why it takes Elementary teachers so much extra time out of school hours to plan, grade etc. Are you given any planning time as part of your day?

Any ideas??

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Way more hours than I am actually paid for. I can say though, that after 5 years I have found ways to be more productive at school and cut back the amount of time I work at home.
Here are some rough numbers:
School day 7 hours = 35 hours
Before school 1 hour = 5 hours
After school 20-30 minutes = 2.5 hours
At home either after school or on weekends: about 5 hours

Conference weeks and testing windows usually take more hours.

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At my school elementary school teachers get 45 minutes of prep 4 days a week. That's great, but it takes much more time than that for all the prep, planning, grading, copying, etc.

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Wow - this is good but an eye opener. I just graduated in December and start a Pre-K program tomorrow through the public schools (slightly nervous). But it's good to see what to expect sort of. I'll be with the kids 6.25 hours, have to stay another 1.5 afterwards each day and i'll arrive about 30-45 min early.....5xweek. I dont know how many hours i'll spend in the evenings or weekends yet - i'll be anxious to see though. I know the first few weeks/months will be time consuming but hopefully I can get it down pat
But right now i'm looking at 40.5 hours, not including "home work" time

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School Hours: 7 hours*5 days=35 hours
Before school: 30 minutes*5 days=2.5 hours
After school: 1.5*5 days=7.5 hours (This includes meetings)
Home and weekends: ~2-3 hours

Total: 47 hours

Okay, so this is an average week. However some weeks we might have committee meetings or A-Team referral meetings. (I am being groomed to become the A-Team coordinator for next year.) Or we might have a dance or event to attend.

BTW, this is drastically reduced from my first year when I got to school everyday no later that 7:00 and left no later that 5:30 everyday. Plus it would take me 5 to 6 hours on the weekend to plan.

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Before school Golf practice 6-8am = 2 hours
School 8 - 3 pm (I do lunch detention too) = 7 hours
After school Golf Practice 3-6:30 pm = 3.5 hours
Prep after coaching 6-7 pm = .5 hours

13hours/day x 5 days = 65 hours/week. Not bad, because it's all fun.

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Most days I get to school at 7:30 and leave at 5.
I work 4-5 hours at home during the week.
And I work 4-5 hours at home on the weekend.
Grand total: 54 hours. Not bad. Some weeks more, some less, but that's about average.

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Wow, this is shocking!

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Ha! I'm laughing because I have conferences this week - so I'll be at school from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM everyday! I don't even want to figure out the math!

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it totally depends on the week on average-

before school 1 hour x 5= 5
school hours- 6.5 x5=32.5
after school 1.5 x 5= 7.5
home 1 x 5= 5
weekend 5 (min)

so at least 55 hours a week...not bad considering i feel like it is much much more!!!!

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Wow! I have to say I'm almost embarassed to post this, but I along with most of my fellow first grade co-workers dont work much over 40 hours per week. I was trying to see why it would be so drastically different from most others on this post. I have a "helping hand" which is a parent volunteer that comes once a week and does all my copying and things for me. I grade all my papers during my 45 min. plan I get once a day. I arrive by 7:40 and leave by 3:40 except on the days I tutor. I never take my work home and I never work on the weekends. What is taking up so much of everyone's time?? Just curious. I also think...not to sound bad...that Im a really good teacher.

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mreser I am like you. 7:30 - 3:30. Kids hours are 8:10-3:10. Rarely does work go home with me. No work on weekends and I also feel I am a really good teacher. I do spend a lot of time on the internet at home looking for ideas so I guess you can count that time. Once in a while I will stay an hour late to do some organizing. I have been teaching for quite some time and in the beginning i out in many more hours.

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I do sometimes stay about 30 min. later than normal on Fridays to get everything in order for the next week. I love my job but I also love my time off. )

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This is my first year teaching Kinder, so I put in a lot of hours like many of you. My husband hates all the time I spend at school. I haven't had one weekend yet where I haven't spent a day (at least) at school.

Here's the breakdown (per week):

school day: 7 hours x 5 days = 35 hours
before school: 1 hour x 5 = 5
after school: 5 hours (average) x 5 = 25
weekends: 8 hours minimum
meetings: 2 hours
home: 1 hour x 5 = 5

Total: 80 hours