HS Teachers: How many hours do you work?

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  1. my58vw

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    I teach from 7:30 - 3:30 pm (contracted time 8 hours = 40 per week). I am at school until at least 4:00 - 4:30 pm (1 hour after = 5 per week), and do at least 10 hours of grading on a non test week, and 20 hours on a test week, meaning 55 - 65 hours a week.
     
  2. dovian

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    I'm going into my third year. I get in by 7:30 and I am out anywhere between 3:10 and 4:00, 4:30 if I have a club. I usually take work home to grade - I would rather grade it in front of the TV with my husband than at work - although I am trying to have better habits this year and get more done at school.

    Tips: Well, I will be the first to admit I am still working on time management but I have some ideas. Avoid things that need photocopying - get thee an overhead and put up transparancies of the work. Don't collect all the homework, especially if you are doing binder checks. Instead, surprise them twice a week or so by collecting, and expect that they have the rest in their binder - if it's not done, no points.
     
  3. deserttrumpet

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    Aug 21, 2007

    Actual School hours: 8 hours a day (40 a week)
    Tutoring: (3 hours a week)
    Grading/planing/meetings (15 give or take)

    Total of at least 59 hours a week.

    This week I've been at the school for about 11 hours a day!! I have at least one meeting for each day this week. I am teaching a new class this year that has no text in addition to two other preps. It is amazing how much one class can add to your work load!
     
  4. UCFTeacher09

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    Jul 22, 2011

    This will be my second full year. I teach Language Arts for grades 5-12, Spanish, and two different electives. Sooo I have 7 preps = a LOT of work. I usually spend an 1 before school, 2-3 hours a night, and 10 hours on the weekend doing prep/research/and reading.

    Probably...60-70 hour weeks?
     
  5. The Fonz

    The Fonz Math teacher (for now...)

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    Jul 22, 2011

    ok....

    schools day is 7:30-3:30 so that's 8 hours x 5 days = 40
    (note: I am including prep period since i actually prep and grade during that time, i never take work home with me.)

    I have after school help 2 days a week from 3:30 - 4:30 so that's another 2 hours.

    In the spring i coach baseball thats from 4 - 6 x 4 days

    there's also game days, but i can't estimate that...i would say on average i work 50+ hours during baseball season and ~ 42 hours not in season.
     
  6. Mrs.SLF

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    Well, I'm going to estimate since I will be at a new school but have taught the subject matter for a few years before.

    School day:10x5=50 hours a week
    *Note, I only have to teach 4 periods with one period of tutoring and I get two 55 minute preps each day. Also, students have early dismissal on Wednesdays and we have PD for the rest of the day (which I'm hoping will allow me more planning time).
    After school: 1x5=5 hours a week
    Weekends: 5 hours (at most)

    Grand total: 60 hours a week

    Phew, that's a lot of hours!!! Let's hope I don't go above this estimate this year!
     
  7. geek412

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    Jul 22, 2011

    I'm going to be a first year science teacher....so I'm estimating off of the work during my student teaching.

    This year I'll be teaching 7 classes with two similar preps: Pre-AP/Honors and Regular. Luckily, I have planning before school starts for 1 hour each day.

    My heaviest schedule -

    School Hours: 6.2 x 5 = 31 hrs
    After Class Prep: 1.5 x 5 = 5.5 hrs
    After School Tutoring: 1 hr x 1 = 1 hr
    Grades (During Labs or Testing): 12 hrs x 1 = 12 hrs
    Research for New Units, Updating Class Website = 3 hrs x 5 = 15 hrs

    Total: 64.5 hrs a week.

    I'm surprised. Shocked actually, thought it was much more.
     
  8. The Fonz

    The Fonz Math teacher (for now...)

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    sorry about the bad news, but actually it's 66.5 hours a week...you miss calculated the after class prep.
     
  9. Caesar753

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    What time is your after class prep and what time is your after school tutoring? Are those things going to overlap?

    What do you mean grades (during labs or testing)? Do the labs/testing happen outside your normal school day?

    Are you really going to research new units for three hours per day??
     
  10. MissCeliaB

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    Jul 23, 2011

    Contracted Hours: 7 hours 25 min per day
    Tutoring: 1 hour T, W, R
    Faculty meeting: 1.5 hours a week
    Drama club: 5-16 hours a week
    Time before/after school at school: 50 minutes per day
    Planning/grading at home: 7 hours a week
    Other clubs I sponsor: 0-7 hours a week

    So between 57 and 76 hours, depending on where we are in drama season and what's going on at the school. Most weeks it's much closer to 57. I recognize that I am only able to be so active in extracurricular activities because my teaching assignment is awesome!
     
  11. geek412

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    (1) Usually these are separate! I let the students in almost immediately after the last bell. Then, once they leave I prep for the next day. I then change most of my boards in the class.

    (2) The labs happen in class, unless they are a previously scheduled make-up. I meant the time spent grading all those reports or tests. I only test/receive lab reports every two weeks or so.

    (3) I actually do research new units each day. When I say researching I mean planning for future units, laboratory experiments, and "practicing" my current lessons. I have a mild speech impairment, so my directions or discourse with students may not be clear. It's imperative I practice.


    @ The Fonz
    Sorry, I don't know how to do multiple quotes well yet.

    (4) -- Whoops! about the calculation mistake -- I guess that's what happens when I try to do math too late at night. lol.

    Still, 66.5 not bad at all. I was expecting over 70.
     
  12. Drama Teach

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    Jul 24, 2011

    Next year will be my second year teaching Drama

    Teaching- 7:00 to 1:05- 6hrs x 5- 30hrs
    Before School- 30min x 5- 2.5 hrs
    After School Meetings Prep- 1hr x 5- 5hrs
    After School Rehearsal- 2hrs x5- 5hrs
    Evening Planning- 3hrs a week
    Weekend Grading- 4hrs

    Total- 49.5 hrs, this doesn't count performances and such but this is the routine I got down to last year.

    This year should be close to the same, I do have three preps instead of one so we will see what happens.
     
  13. ybmiuq

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    I work during my lunch hour and prep. Arrive btwn. 7 and 7:15 usually and leave at 4:15 usually. So that's about 9 hours a day for 5 days a week or 45 hours. On weekends I usually spend a lot of time, but most of this time I like a lot more except for grading or entering grades in the computer, so maybe most of my weekend time doesn't count.
     
  14. paperlabs

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    I consistently work about 45 hours per week. Often there is extra time for the students who don't pay attention, etc. (I'm in a school where other teachers have given in often, so everyone has to.) Another thing that takes a lot of time is the computer. For one thing, our administration published teacher passwords! I couldn't believe it when they did it a second time last year. I have several e.mail accounts that used those passwords. I used one of them for my grading program, but fortunately I keep my grades two different ways as a back up (more time, but glad I did). There is a lot poverty attitude and that takes time to work around. Many now days do not have to worry if the job they are doing is poor because they get a free ride if they lose their jobs.
     
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    Remember to work smarter not harder.
     
  16. TeachOn

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    I know that this is an old thread, but I found it very interesting. So, let's see:

    I get to work at 6:00 every morning; I leave precisely at 3:00, unless I have a SPED or other meeting. I set things up and correct before school. On my "free" periods I generally work or meet with students. I never work at night. Call it an average of 9:15 per weekday, a total of 46.25 hours.

    I go into school every Saturday from around 8:00 to around 1:00: 5 hours. This is when I finish my correcting and plan for the next week.

    I go into school nearly every Sunday for around three hours. I listen to the radio and fiddle around with school stuff.

    That's around 54 hours a week.
     
  17. bandnerdtx

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    Jan 31, 2012

    This is my 20th year, and for the last 15, I've taught the same subject, so my outside planning is not nearly as time consuming as it may be for others.

    Regular school day: 8 x 5 = 40
    Planning at home during the week: 2 hours (give or take)
    Grading papers: 2 hours a week (I only teach 35 kids TOTAL)

    My total: 44

    There are some weeks that are worse than others. When we're working on research writing or any other big writing unit, I grade a lot more, but I never work more than 50 hours a week.
     
  18. lucybelle

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    Jan 31, 2012

    I was a FIRST YEAR high school science teacher. I don't know about my new school, but my old school was:

    School day 7 hours x 5= 35 hours
    After school tutoring 2.5 hours x 2= 5 hours
    Department meetings 2 hours
    Science meetings 1 hour
    Low performance school meetings 3 hours

    TOTAL: 45 hours a week

    Call me whatever, but I never took work home with me or planned at home. Home is relaxing. I always made enough time to plan, prepare and grade during my planning period.
     
  19. tchr4evr

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    Feb 6, 2012

    English 12
    AP Language
    Theatre Arts

    7:15-2:45 (Contract Hours) = 7 1/2 per day = 38/week
    6:00 to 7:15 (Early time) = 6/week
    2:45-5:00 - Rehearsals = 12/week
    Evening Planning, Grading = 10/week
    Weekend crew calls, grading, etc = 2/week

    Approximately 70 hours a week. And I teach private voice lessons twice a week and direct for a my community theatre 6 weeks out of the year.
     
  20. Linguist92021

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    1st year teaching - LTS (Oct 2011-June 2012)
    1 period World Geography
    1 period Senior Portfolio / Senior Project
    3 periods Literacy
    all mixed grade level, 10-12 gr.

    contract hours: Mon-Friday 8-2:30, 6.5 hours x 5= 32.5
    Sometimes I stay 30 min-1 hour after school, other times I leave right away and prep at home. I try to do a lot of planning / grading during my prep period. Overall I'd say it's 4 hours.
    I try to do most of the work during the weekends, about 6 hours.
    So overall it's 43 hours, which is really not bad.
     
  21. chebrutta

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    Oh, I'll chime in. This is my 6th year, three preps.

    Contract hours: 7.5 X 5 = 37.5 hours
    After school clean up, copying, & such: 4 hours
    M-F grading at home: 2 x 5 = 10 hours
    Weekend work: 6-ish hours
    Required Meetings and conferences: About 3 hours

    Total... about 60.5 hours per week.
     
  22. HMM

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    you all really work too many hours :)
     
  23. TeachOn

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    I like work. I respect work. Work is good.
     

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