How much prep time are you given each day/week?

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  1. onestepcloser

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    Hi all,

    Just curious - How much prep time are you given each day (or week if it's calculated weekly or per X number of days)?
     
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    I teach at the secondary level. In my district, secondary teachers get a certain amount of prep time every day (or every other day, if you teach on the block schedule).

    Next year we will get two prep periods per day, for a total of an hour and forty minutes or so. We will have no required additional time before or after the school day (i.e., our contract time will be the same as the student's start and end times).
     
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    I get 40 minutes before or after school every day, but no time during the school day most days. However, every 8 or 9 school days we have our resource day. On those days I get two extra 45 minute time-periods to plan. I do have to attend most classes with the kids (for supervison, not teaching) except for PE and music.
     
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    In past years it has been 30 minutes per day, 4 days per week. Last year, due to budget cuts, it was 30 minutes per day, two days per week.
     
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    In the past, it was three 45 minute blocks and it was rarely interrupted. This year, it was three 75 minute blocks. One was always a meeting, and the other two were often partially canceled (TAs took our kids to recess for the 30 minutes) and/or taken up by other meetings.
     
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    This is the one thing I'll miss from my old school. Our prep periods were 1.5 hrs long but we had duties before and after school everyday so that was pretty much the only time we had to plan. My new school I get about 35 minutes, but also have before and after school open.
     
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    I feel very blessed in that I do not have before or after school duty at all. We have 45 minutes each day (while the kiddos are in enrichment, or special classes), but that is often taken up with meetings. I also have 30 minutes once per week when my students go to the library.
     
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    We get two preps per day - for a total of about 85 minutes.
     
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    50 minutes a day, but if a music, art, gym, etc...teacher was absent, then we'd have to watch our homeroom class....no subs for them:( It was just annoying when it was last minute and I counted on that time. Also we had to walk the kids to and from the specials class, so that took up the time too.
     
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    46 minutes 4 days a week.
    39 minutes 1 day a week.
     
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    450 minutes over 10 days per state law, must be during school day
     
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    I am really looking forward to next year- at my new job I will get TWO 50 minute planning periods per day. The school got a grant to hire several more ESL teachers, so all students will go to ESL for 50 minutes a day and specials for 50 minutes a day. I believe one of those will have some time set aside for discussing grade level data and things like that, but I'm still okay with that b/c if we didn't have that time we'd be doing that before/after school or during our regular planning.

    In my previous position I only had 40 minutes a day, 3 days a week (no planning whatsoever the other days), so this will be a HUGE positive change for me next year!

    I'm not exactly sure what my contract hours are- kids are there for a little over 7 hours, so I would guess that I also have before/after school "planning" since they'd have to make the contract an 8 hour work day.
     
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    7.5 hours, to fill out our 37.5 hour contract-- but at home! During school hours, officially none.
     
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    I usually get at least 45 minutes uninterrupted per day. This year we also had between 45-60 minutes during lunch and recess, depending on if we had recess duty. Next year we will be serving a family-style lunch, and we all have duty! Can't wait.
     
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    3 x 65 and 1 x 35
    also no lunch/recess duty so I typically work through those time as well.
     
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    We have two 40 minute periods a day plus a 30 minutes before school. However, we have a meeting scheduled during one of these periods everyday. The period that the meeting is scheduled just changes.
     
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    We're on a block schedule, so we get 80 minutes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and 20 minutes on Tuesday and Friday (because of school wide staff meetings on those days). It's not unusual for our principal to cancel a Tuesday or Friday meeting, though, if there's nothing pressing for us to discuss.
     
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    Wow, I am jealous of the time a lot of you get. We get 2 hrs per week, usually broken into 1/2 hr or hour blocks over 2 or 3 days of the week. We also have a lunch or recess duty every day.
     
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    1.5 hrs per day. Sometimes we have meetings during that time and we rotate lunch duties.

    When I subbed elementary the teachers there had it made. They all had TAs that would escort the kids to specials, lunch and recess. Some teachers had over 2hrs to themselves in their room, in one big block. They had to be in the class 15 minutes before school started and depending on their week's duty rotation, stay 5 to 20 minutes after school was dismissed.
     
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    Our specials and special ed teachers do morning and bus duty, so we have that time off. (But, kids can start coming to use at the time morning duty starts, so... lol) Our planning is 40 minutes a day while kids are at specials. The grade before us is consistently 3 or 4 minutes late picking up their kids and if it's a day you have library, your kids will be delivered 5 minutes early. (Her clock is off and she refuses to change it. So, at 2:45 on her clock she lines kids up and will bring them to your room.) She only does this to us, because we are the last group of the day.
     
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    Ninety minutes five days a week. Next year I'm teaching three and a half preps, two of which are new to me. I'm going to need every bit of those prep minutes, especially when the extracurriculars I sponsor kick into high season.
     
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    I get 35 minutes before school and 45 minutes during school every day, so 6 hours and 40 minutes per week.
     
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    It varies a bit from year to year.

    Last year my team did not take student to lunch, so our lunch was part of our prep time. We're also on block schedule. Last year my planning time was from 11:00-1:00. At first I thought I was reading it wrong! From 11:00-11:25 was lunch. 11:25-12:25 was planning, which had 1-2 days a week taken with meetings. From 12:25-1:55 I had a conflict resolution class for 4.5 weeks two times. The rest of the year I had a variety of RtI kids for reading.
     
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    Sarge, I don't know how you do it without any "planning period." I would be bald and my kiddos would be dead! LOL

    We are required by contract to be at school by 7:45. Kids come to class at 7:50. Some teachers don't arrive at school until 8:00. I don't know how they do it. I arrive at school between 6:30 & 6:45. I use that time for planning, grading, entering grades in the computer, and generally getting my brain and classroom ready for the kiddos. Often I have to re-arrange my classroom back to the way it is supposed to be (from where the custodian cleaned & mis-arranged it).

    We are required to stay until 3:15. Some teachers leave a little earlier, others at 3:15 on the dot. Again, I rarely leave before 3:30, and often it is 5:00 or later. I use this time to write the date & any messages on the board, get my SmartBoard files up & ready to go, set up student computers, sharpen pencils (if I didn't the night before), set out morning work, gather materials for any meetings that day, and sometimes just sit, meditate, and pray over the day to come.

    By contract, we are supposed to have a 20 minute, duty-free lunch, but with first graders, we always have to escort them to the cafeteria and back, and especially at the beginning of the year, I tend to stick around to ensure that they know how to behave in the cafeteria.

    During my 45 minute planning period, I do the following:
    1. eat lunch - I'm diabetic, so I have to eat, and I can't eat in the 10 minutes I actually have free during my "lunch" time - I'm usually standing in line for the bathroom!
    2. grade papers
    3. set out materials for science/ss/health
    4. make parent calls
    5. have meetings

    We reserve Mondays after school for "faculty" meetings. Our last principal (who just retired) only kept us for a few mandatory meetings.

    We have a new principal this coming year, so who knows what our schedules will be?!?!
     
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    33 minutes every day and then once a school cycle we get an additional 20 minutes.
     
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    I get 40 Minutes each day. 10:00am-10:40am, my class is in "Specials."
     
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    50 minutes a day (state law), if the people are there to pick up their kids on time!
     
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    45 minutes per day, 1 a week is taken by meetings. Then there are 2 other 45 minute meeting periods during the week. So to actually plan I get 45 minutes, 4 days a week. (Technically by contract I could skip the meeting during my prep, but that wouldn't look good for an nontenured teacher and I don't mind going, it's canceled from time to time too.)
     
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    Mine's exactly the same- 45 minutes while the kids are at Music, Art, or PE. I have to be at school 25 minutes before the kiddos come to class and have to stay 15 minutes after they leave, but I have morning duty or evening duty 2 out of every 5 weeks. Plus some of my planning time is taken up by grade level meetings or on-site professional development. On the average, I'd guess I actually get about 4 hours planning time a week.
     
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    I guess I should answer my own question.

    We have 75 minutes/day. We are "on call" each day during our prep period, so if a teacher is absent and there is no substitute teacher for him/her, we can be asked to cover half of the period. There is a limit to the number of on-calls a teacher is required to do each year, according to our contract.
     
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    :yeahthat:

    So I come to school early and leave late.
     
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    15 minutes in the morning, 25 minute lunch (which I use to EAT), 80 minute prep - 30-45 minutes of which are required meetings, 40 minutes after school. We get lots of prep time, but somehow I could always use more... :)
     
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    This year I was very fortunate to have 90 minutes plus an extra 40 minute block everyday just for Sp Ed paperwork and consult time with students. It was a dream compared to last year where I had NO planning time.

    Not sure how next year will go as we are getting a new principal who wants to make some changes to how our day is divided up and the fact that I may be split between two buildings.
     
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    45 mins a day. Plus I guess you could count the 15 mins I get at the end of the day when I still have to be there, but that is if I don't have a meeting.
     
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    40 minute prep every day.
     

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