how much planning time do you get?

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  1. Pencil Monkey

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    Our administration just released our schedule for the upcoming year and I am amazed that they are giving us so little planning time.:eek: We get twenty minutes per day. To me, this is not enough to ensure that I can do a good job in making lessons, and grading papers.

    How much planning time do you get?
     
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  3. Mrs.Sheila

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    Daily? I have to get their early! LOL otherwise my day is completely packed around kids!
     
  4. MrsC

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    This coming year we'll get 210 minutes a week.
     
  5. KinderCowgirl

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    45 minutes 4 days a week while the kids are in ancillary. 20 minutes really doesn't sound like time to get anything done.
     
  6. GoldenPoppy

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    495 minutes a week.
     
  7. Missy99

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    We get 450 minutes every two weeks = 45 minutes a day when the kids are in specials.
     
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    Wow! That's about 1 and 1/2 hours a day???!!! Lucky!
     
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    This past school year we had 40 min. planning 5xs a week (during specials) and an additional 85 mins. for literacy planning on Weds. afternoons. Assistants would cover our classes for the Weds. (285 mins.)
    This year, our schedule is changing drastically, so should be 3 days a week for 40 mins. and 1 day for 80 mins. (200 mins)
     
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    45 mins a day
     
  11. kacieann

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    We get five 45 minute breaks. Last year this did not mean that you had a break everyday. This year I think that every teacher will have a break everyday.
     
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    Don't you have a contract that states how much planning time teachers will have each year? Have you checked out your contract to see if planning time is addressed?

    By our contract all teachers get 300 minutes per week. For the high school and jr. high teachers, that means one period per day every day. I think for the elementary teachers, their planning time is 15 minutes here, 20 minutes there and when ever else it fits in the schedule.
     
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    We get one block per day as planning time, so that's 85 minutes per day, five days a week. Thus, that is a total of 425 minutes per week of prep time.
     
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    We don't have contracted amounts of planning time. It is up to the individual schools.
     
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    We get one 45 minute period off each day (but I sold mine last year and next year).
     
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    By contract, we are to get six 40 minute preps per week with at least one per day.

    Don't you have a teachers union that could look into whether or not they're breaking contract?
     
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    I've never added mine up...all we get is time the kids are in specials. Altogether, specials time adds up to 3 hrs and 45 minutes each week (225 minutes). Although this year, we don't have a PE teacher (private school, low enrollment, no money for it), so that's three half hour blocks per week (1 1/2 hrs) that I either have to plan some sort of "physical education" stuff or an additional recess. Yay!
     
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    We get 45 minutes a day as when students are in specials. One day of week is taken up with a grade level meeting.
     
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    In my school gen ed teachers get 75 minutes per day. I am with my students 24/7 so I don't have any planning time. I have made it a habit to come in about an hour early each day in order to get some planning time.
     
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    On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I will get 45 minutes. On Tuesday and Thursday I will get 55ish minutes.
     
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    I work on a block schedule and I get 1 1/2 hours per day. That is not including the 1 1/2 hours that I come in early daily.
     
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    My school schedules 45 minutes daily (when students are in specials). There is also 15 minutes daily added on to the teacher's lunch period for grade level collaboration.
     
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    How and when do you do IEPs?
     
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    This is how it is in my school too.
     
  25. Mrs. K.

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    We get one unscheduled period each day, so 55 minutes a day. By contract we have to be on site 30 minutes before our day begins, so in my case that's 6:30 a.m. I usually stay quite a while at the end of the day, too.
     
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    :yeahthat:
     
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    We get 35 minutes/day and then they usually tell us we have a meeting during that time for at least 2 of those days. I would say we average 105 minutes a week. Yuck!
     
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    I get 75 minutes a day most of the week.
     
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    350 minutes per week--It breaks down to those first 30 minutes each day and a 40 minute prep period each day.
     
  30. queenie

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    45 minutes a day, but it's often used once or twice a week in meetings with the principal, trainings, or for parent teacher conferences. We probably get about an hour and a half each week to spend on actual planning during the school day.
     
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    I get 2 hours a week of continuous time. I think for me that 2 hours is better than having a half hour here and a half hour there. I can really get down to good work. Plus, there aren't any kids in my classroom so I can get work done in there too.
     
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    Out of an 8 period day (not counting extended day) I get 3 42 minute periods off a day. 2 prep periods and one for lunch. Sometimes one period a week is for a dept meeting.
     
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    Okay I just figured it all up. I have 5 specials classes (50 minutes each for a total of 250 minutes a week). We also have duty free lunch which means another 30 minutes a day we can use for planning if we want for another 150 minutes. We are required to be there 20 minutes before the kids arrive and to stay 40 minutes after they leave for the day for another hour a day. (300 minutes) So I think when I total everything up that works out to a grand total of 700 minutes a week of planning time (not to shabby :) I hadn't realized it was that much). Out of that time there will be the occasional meeting during our specials or after school but our principal is really great about trying to make sure we have our time. She tries to communicate as much as possible in e-mail. For example our faculty meeting this week was around 20 minutes because she had already given us an e-mail containing all pertainent information and all we had to do during the meeting was have any questions that anyone had. Not too shabby for a staff of around 100+.
     
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    I believe it's around 40 minutes a day. I never seem to get a whole lot accomplished during those 40 minutes, either. That's when I make copies or respond to emails. I do my planning and grading before/after school.
     
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    We have 40 minutes a day during specials. One day each month we lose that time for an RTI meeting.

    We don't have a union in GA and my contract just says I will work for the county again this year...nothing about hours or salary or planning, etc., so hours and planning are pretty much left up to each school.
     
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    On my own time. My P is not a big fan of ESE so I have to work around a few stumbling blocks that she puts up. I think she doesn't intentionally mean to schedule things the way she does, she just doesn't understand the program and all the paperwork we are required to do.
     
  37. 2inspire

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    50 min/day
     
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    At my old school, we had 30 minutes/day...

    It's guaranteed by contract that we get one period/day... therefore, middle school teachers get a bit more prep time, as their periods are longer, and I believe high school teachers may get even more.
     
  39. timsterino

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    That is just nuts. That would make me crazy. IEPs can take a long time to do including the assessments, interviews and not even mentioning the meetings. My heart goes out to you big time. HUGS
     
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    One day a month -- I'm usually burnt out by 1:30 and I usually end up making more work for myself, but it is better than when I taught a self-contained class in Georgia and got none.
     
  41. flyingmickey

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    90 minutes a week. 3 x 30 mins or 2 x 45 mins - never more.

    IEP's are written with the LA teacher while you have a sub.

    We never do duty at lunch but have two duties during recess or before or after school.
     

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