How much time off in summer?

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by Ima Teacher, May 6, 2019.

  1. Backroads

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    So those of you [non-administrators] who do have required days in the middle of the summer, how does that look on contract? In my case, I am literally off-contract.
     
  2. Backroads

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    I personally have no qualms about admitting the breaks are a big perk of being a teacher, nor will I apologize for them.

    I will, however, correct a common issue I hear of "paid for breaks". In my situation, we are not paid for summer, nor any of the breaks. It could be argued that I am being paid such-n-such for less than a year of work, but I have found some people are very bothered by the idea we are specifically being paid for breaks.
     
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    If I was still going to work, I would have had 80 work days off this summer.
     
  4. Aces

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    I love how you have to specify "non-administrators", haha! I mean it's definitely a warranted destination!
     
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  5. agdamity

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    Yes, it is in our contract. We do not get a choice in it, but the district does provide it. This year, we have two extra days because of a new state initiative that requires specific training in order to keep our license. We will get a stipend for those two extra days in June 2020.
     
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    I don't work in the summer but our contracts are for one full year.
     
  7. Ima Teacher

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    This is why we do our PD for next year at the end of the school year. That way we have all summer to work on the right stuff.
     
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    How does that work for new teachers? Do they do it all again for them at the beginning of the next school year? That just seems like an odd set up to me.
     
  9. MntnHiker

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    I get about ten weeks off. I don't do any work or PD in the summer. We have two PD days before the students come back, and I get my room ready in those two days. I relish my summers off; it is a perk of the job and I don't feel guilty about taking that time and enjoying it.
     
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    We generally hire before the school year ends, so they can attend summer PD. When they are hired later, we have to fill them in on things through our PLC work. We don’t have a lot of turnover, so it isn’t usually a problem.
     
  11. whizkid

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    What type of training is that? That really caught my attention.
     
  12. agdamity

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    Arkansas has an initiative called RISE that focuses on the science of teaching reading. All elementary certified teachers are required to receive training and demonstrate profiency to keep their licenses. There are multiple pathways to show profiency, and it is up to each district to determine how to help their teachers meet the requirements. There is a large section devoted to RISE on the state department of education webpage if you’d like more information.
     
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    This is smart. Our district likes to spring this stuff on us when we have kids coming in the very next day.
     
  14. runsw/scissors

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    9 weeks. I have to report back Aug. 5
     
  15. futuremathsprof

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    I’m jealous. My summer break is only 2.5 months long.

    Edit: I misread your post. I thought you said 3 months and not 9 weeks for some reason...
     
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