How much Prep time do you get?

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  1. luckyal29

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    There was a thread about daily schedule previously and I was looking at the various schedules especially at the 'specials.' During subbing, specials like art, P.E. I'd have to teach so no prep. During student teaching, I got 1 prep period a week (library).

    At the school where I work now, I get four 45 min periods of prep a week as specialist takes my students for art, music, P.E. That means in one week I get 3 hours of prep time which was shocking to me (but I was very happy) to get that much time.

    So how much prep time do you get in a week?
     
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  3. Mr. K

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    I have one 40 minute period per day while students are at specials. I then have 50 minutes daily after students leave. This time is for faculty meetings, curriculum, IEP's, and planning.
     
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    We have one 45 minute period per day while the students are in their Specials classes.
     
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    We have a 45 minute period 3 times per week. We also, technically, have 30 minutes per day if you count before and after school.
     
  6. runsw/scissors

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    I have 240 minutes per week if I did the math correctly. Forty minutes 4 days a week and 80 minutes on the other day when students are at specials.
     
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    We have 50 minutes a day while the kids are at specials and 50 minutes a day after the kids leave unless you have afterschool duty that week then you don't have as much after school. Since we have 7 teachers on our team that means every 7 weeks I lose my "after school" prep time, or about 35-40 minutes of it.
     
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    I have a 38 minute prep period each day. I also have an on call, which may or may not turn out to be a free period.
     
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    30 minutes once a week. On Wednesdays, we have a late start (90 minutes later), so we get 30 minutes prep, and the other 60 minutes are for staff/grade level meetings. We do not have any specialists for music, pe, science, etc.
     
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    All my teachers have 2 55 minute prep periods, but they drop 1 period a day, so some days they may only have 1. Alice I could not survive on 1 38 minute prep, or even teaching in 38 minute periods.
     
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    Almost the same here. Students go to six 40 minute specials a week (one daily four days, plus two on the fifth day), but one of those preps is supervised.

    So I guess five 40 minute preps.
     
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    We get 250* minutes per week... PE & Music are scheduled 4 times a week for 25 minutes each. Most* weeks our students also receive instruction from an art teacher which is another 50 minutes. If there's no art, then it is only 200 minutes.
     
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    I get 225-255 for specials (they have guidance every other week).

    I also have 35 minutes before school and 40 minutes after school each day.
     
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    We have 40 minutes each day of specials. 2 Physical Education classes, 1 Media class, 2 Music classes and 1 Art class. 40 x 6 = 240 minutes a week. We end our day at 3:10, 3:20 all kids are gone and we have to stay until 4. I am usually so exhausted at the end of the day that I just vegetate for awhile so I don't count that time as planning time. Also, parents sometimes show up, the principal calls you for some reason, faultily meeting every few weeks, or something happens at that time.
     
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    We have 50 minutes a day during the school day. We also have a half day of planning each semester per grade level.
     
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    I have 2 hours once a week for prep and then I have 2 hours once a week for a team meeting. I also have another hour on Mondays for something else.
     
  17. Goldie

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    We have music once per week for 30 min. and library once per week for 45 min. That is the only planning time during the day.
    We do have time prior to and after school...our principal leaves it to us to decide time in and out...so the amount of time varies by teacher. I am usually at school one hour before and anywhere from 5 min. to one hour after school.
     
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    I have 3 50 minute periods a week. The only specials we have are PE, music, and art. I dread the days without a break!
     
  19. DHE

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    We have five 45 mins specials(P.E. 4 days/Library 1 day)
     
  20. LiveNLearn

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    wow.
    I am so furiously jealous.
    30 min before school. 30 minutes after school. Duty free 30 min lunch.
    We have staff meetings one day a week for 1 hr, so there goes that day.
    I teach all specials. I need a raise (or a prep period!)
     
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    Same for us.
     
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    I get 2 hours of planning time every Friday or the day before they are off during the week. The kids go home every Friday at 1:05 instead of 3:20. We have faculty meetings an hour before school once a month. We do have duty free lunch of 35 minutes.
     
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    Monday and Tuesday: 1 hr, 15 mins (UNLESS the kids have indoor recess. then, they're in my classroom with a monitor which makes it impossible to work)

    Wednesday: 45 mins

    Thursday: 1hr 15 min

    Friday: 45 min.

    It never seems like enough though, because the time it all broken up. It's never an 1 hr 15 mins straight. My old school I taught 1 hr, then the kids had special for 45 mins. Then lunch and recess back to back for another hour. I LOVED that.
     
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    we get 43 minutes of specials each day, plus a 55 minute lunch period
     
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    Monday- 60 minutes (PE) and 25 min. lunch
    Tuesday- 60 minutes (Art) Recess and lunch duty free
    Wendesday- 60 minutes (PE) 25 min. lunch
    Thursday- 30 mins. (music) 30 min. (media) Recess and lunch
    duty free
    Friday- 30 mins. (music) Recess and lunch duty free
     
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    Technically, I have 1 prep period a day, but I have about 2 T/C each day. This is my first week teaching and I had to cover for 1 teacher. I'm a prek-5 and special ed science teacher.
     
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    I have 2 40 minute prep for gym a week, and 2 55 minute prep-one for music and one for art.
    We have an hour lunch with no supervision on our part for recess.
    Honestly, I would rather have shorter prep times, and one each day, than have these long 55 minute times.
     
  28. giraffe326

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    45 minutes daily, however, I have lunch and recess duty. Plus 30 minutes of car duty every day.

    Last year, I had 1-45 minute session and 1- 90 minute session per week. 3 days a week I had my class from bell to bell with out a single break.
     
  29. 773 Miles Away

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    Yuck I don't like that at all. That's basically like saying you just go into work early and stay at work late... but I wouldn't call that a genuine "prep period" ... You should be mad! lol. sorry.. haha

    Compared to many of the others mentioned, mine isn't terribly special. 3 40-minute "prep periods" a week. I don't have to do lunch duty (which to me is a HUGE highlight) but I don't consider that prep because I do infact need to eat! and it's only 35 minutes long.

    The real question is, how do you use the time? Honestly, they are just not long enough. I don't do any planning, that's for sure. Not enough time for me to really put thought into the planning. I spend my period either grading quick worksheets, cleaning up my room/desk, hanging up student work, or staring into space... lol.
     
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    not me

    it's not MY prep time, but when i student taught in the spring - my first cooperating teacher had 1, 40 minute class a WEEK. they were expected to plan after school i think. then of course lunch...but that was time to just sit there and take a breather. although i had to skip it often to prepare for my afternoon classes.

    very frustrating!

    then for schools that i'm subbing in now, they typically get a planning period, a team planning period, and then a lunch.
     
  31. luckyal29

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    What the heck is car duty? Is that like watching cars picking up and dropping off kids?
     
  32. PEteacher07

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    At my school my kids come to my gym everyday so the teachers get at least 45 minutes there plus art, library and computers but the kdis don't go to that everyday like PE
     
  33. EMonkey

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    two 50 minute P.E classes. One 50 minute after school one day of the week, the children are excused early on that day. A 20 minutes before and after school each day except on the day the children are excused early. We also have library and music but the classroom teacher must be there during the time.
     
  34. LiveNLearn

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    I spend my before and after school prep (if you can call it that) doing the essentials of what can only be done on campus- cleaning the room, copying, getting a general idea of what I need to take home for planning, grading, etc. Everything else gets done at home- weekly lesson plans, grading, long term plans, etc...
    I spend a lot of time working at home. Our custodian has been jokingly told to kick us out (by our union rep) at 5:30 because some of us are there way too late (~8pm)!
     
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    We have to load 300 some odd kids into their cars every day. Find them, open doors, control traffic, etc...
     

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