How many preps do you have?

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  1. teacherguy111

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    How many preps do you have? As in how many classes do you have to plan for? I have two per day but the classes are longer at 1.5 hours.
     
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    Well, I teach 6 classes over alternating days, so 3 80-min classes per day. But I have 2 preps. So on one day, I teach 3 US History classes and the next I teach 3 World 2 classes.
     
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    I have five preps, although two are in one combined class so I teach four classes. It is still five separate classes to plan, though. I technically have one paid prep period and one unpaid since I am considered 80% but have to stay the whole day since I have a class last period.
     
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    I teach grade three Social Studies and Health, grade four English to immersion, Science, Social Studies, French, English, and Math, and grade five English to Immersion.

    I'll be happy to just be a grade four teacher next year.
     
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    I teach three different courses over five periods. This is pretty typical for me. I have taught as many as five different courses in one year.
     
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    I teach everything to my third graders, which includes Reading, Language, Spelling, Handwriting, Math, Science, Social Studies, Religion, and Memory (all separate grades on the report card). Then I teach music to one class from K-4th grade each day (in exchange for my kids having their PE, computers, art, and library done by other teachers). Ah, the joys of being at a small, parochial school...
     
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    This year I have three preps over six periods. Next year I will have four over six periods. The other English teacher has four this year and six next year.
     
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    I teach 6 preps this year (5th-9th general science, 10th bio) and every day is a different schedule. For example, today I had 6th, 7th, 9th and 5th grade. Tomorrow I have 5th, and 10th, that's it.

    Two years ago I had 8 preps which almost killed me seeing as though I also have no curriculum and no books for the older kids. 3rd-6th general science, 7th & 8th biology & physics.
     
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    At my school we each have 6 periods, with 4 core classes (English for me) and 2 electives. My 2 electives are credit recovery, and a PE class which I co-teach with another teacher, so I don't have to plan for those. So it's really just 1 prep.
    I had a lot of different electives this year (each quarter something different, by my choice as I was experimenting), so I had to plan for those, but since I've worked here I never had to plan for more than 3 preps. Can't complain :)
     
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    I have one prep this semester, last semester I had 2. We only have 4 classes a semester, but they are 1.5 hours long.
     
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    4 preps over 7 periods.
     
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    I teach all academic areas for my kids except Social Studies. I teach two Science blocks, and my teammate does SS.
     
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    This semester I have 2 preps over four classes, 3 of one prep, and one of the other.
     
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    I know this is really geared more towards secondary regular ed, but the question prompted me to count out how many different groups I have to prep for on any given day...16. Way too many for one person to effectively plan and prepare for - and still stay sane. No wonder I feel so overwhelmed, ineffective, and burnt out.
     
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    Not what you're looking for, but I teach first grade. I have 25 minutes once a week when the class is at music. I also have an hour and a half on early release Wednesday, but two of those per month are taken up by staff and grade level meetings.
     
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    I don't think the OP is looking for planning time but for number of classes to prepare for.

    "Prep" can be used to refer to both planning time ("I have prep 3rd period, so let's schedule the parent conference during that time") and a course/subject to prepare for ("I teach Bio 10, Bio 10H, and AP Bio, so I have 3 preps").
     
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    I have 5 preps plus 1 advisory and it is killing me. I have a job offer next year for just 2 preps....I can't believe it.
     
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    This year, I have three preps over six periods. Next year, at my new position, I'll have two preps over four periods. And two planning periods a day! I'm stoked.
     
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    I have 4 preps, 6 periods, and I like it that way. Actually, I wish it were possible for me to have 6 preps, because I hate repetition.

    One year, I had only one prep and six classes. It was the longest year ever. By the 6th time teaching the same thing, I was a zombie.
     
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    My first year I had one prep over 3 blocks. I LOVED it. By the third class I was grooving. Totally knew what to say/do, how to transition, what questions might come up, etc.
     
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    I guess 3 times wouldn't be so bad, but I find that by the sixth time, I'm just numb.
     
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    7 preps, PreK-5

    I combine some content and teach it to a different degree with grades 4-5 and grades 2-3
     
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    I would literally hate to have more than 2 classes that I would have to prep for. I can barely get everything ready for the two I have now with the long periods.
    Even though it would be boring, I would much prefer to only have one class to prep for and repeat it however many times.
    I do agree that it would be pretty annoying teaching something 6 times though.
     
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    I had 2 preps this year (Chemistry I and Environmental Science). Next year is a totally different story--I will definitely be teaching Chemistry 1 Regular, Chemistry 1 Dual Enrollment, Chemistry 2 Dual Enrollment, Environmental Science, and Forensic Science. Yesterday they came to me and asked if I would be interested in giving up Environmental Science and teaching either Physics or STEM. Unfortunately at a small school, you wear many hats!!
     
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    One per day- 45 minutes. I teach 3rd grade.
     

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