I am curious about your required plans, meetings

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  1. fairfax

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    How many minutes a day/week are you "free" of your class, including your lunch break?

    How many meetings are you required to attend weekly/monthly - such as training, staff meetings, team meetings, etc.?

    What are you required to turn in to your principal, by way of lesson plans?

    I am wondering how much this differs across districts/areas.
     
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  3. uclalum

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    We are given 65 minutes a day. (20 min recess and 45 minute lunch)
    We have no "planning time" as many schools do. The kids get art, music, etc but we are REQUIRED TO BE THERE WITH THEM!!!:down:

    Meetings? We have staff development once a week for 1 hour on Tuesday's afterschool starting at the end of next month. Every once in awhile we also have Faculty meetings that are 1 hour afterschool. These are non-paid hours.
     
  4. maroki

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    We get 50 minutes a day while the kids are at lunch & recess, and an additional 2 1/2 hours throughout the week while they are at specials.

    We usually have staff meetings (1/2 hour after school) every other week, and I usually have at least another meeting every week (grade level meetings, reading meetings, etc.) for an hour after school.

    As far as lesson plans, I don't turn any into my principal. I keep them in my room and they must be available for review at all times, but no one has ever looked at them. I know even that varies within our district though, because there is at least 1 elem. school in the district where they turn in pages (minumum might be 15??) of lesson plans weekly.
     
  5. Amers

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    I usually get an hour of planning (30 minutes at a time) each day. Lunch is 35 minutes long, unless I have recess duty....those are bad days. I have around 10 minutes to heat and enhale my lunch.

    We have grade level PLC meetings once a week and faculty meetings once a month. We have lots of random meetings in between....it seems like all I do is go to meetings.

    As for lesson plans, we do them online. We submit plans for each subject, each day. Each week's plans are due on Monday, and they include: 1. Objective/GLE 2. Assessment 3. Activity 4. DOK (Depth of Knowledge)
     
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    My school does not have duty free lunch, nor recess. On Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, I spend every single second with my kids. On Monday, they have Art, and I get 45 minutes of prep time. On Weds, they have Music and Gym back-to-back (90 minutes total), allowing time for grade level meetings. IF the meetings are done early, we can begin grade level planning. If not, that is after school. I have a staff meeting one Monday a month, I have an new teacher meeting one to two times a month. I also have other meetings on occasion (about 3 a month) dealing with other new hire stuff (for example, I have to have 6 hours of training for my class website done by November).
    Plus, I have a home bound student that I have to teach for 3-5 hours a week after school hours.

    My principal or asst principal comes by weekly to our rooms to check our plan books.
     
  7. matchstickgirl

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    At my school I have morning recess duty every Thursday.

    As far as meetings, we have a staff meeting every Tuesday morning, and a grade level meeting every Thusday morning during specials.

    Each day we get 45 minutes of prep time while they are at specials, and 40 minutes for lunch. I also get an extra 30 minutes while they are at library on Wednesday.

    Lesson plans for my grade level have to be turned in for the week every Wednesday.
     
  8. pwhatley

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    Where I am student teaching, the following occurs:
    No morning duty for teachers, the administrators take care of that (teachers MUST be signed in by 7:10 -- I am usually there between 6:30 & 6:45 -- and believe me, I am NOT a morning person!)
    No lunch duty for teachers - the administration takes care of that, too (we get a whole 20 minutes for lunch, including transport time)
    Every other week, we have afternoon bus duty (until the Middle School kids come out - we are a K-8 - the MS teachers take over duty then
    Every other week, we have recess duty, that is, WHEN the kids have recess! It seems like it is either always raining during their (20 minute!) recess, or the class has lost their recess for some reason or another
    We have grade level meetings once per week, on Mondays. My cooperating teaching and I make sure to meet specifically to discuss issues every afternoon.
    We (teachers) have been back at the school since 8/10, and we have had 4 faculty meetings since then (the last one was on spotting and reporting child abuse)
    The kids have a 40 minute "enrichment" (special) once per day -- our class goes to PE on Monday & Friday, Music on Tuesday, Library on Wednesday, and Art on Thursday. We have to accompany them to and from the enrichment, but we are not required to stay with them
    Even on days when we don't have official meetings, I rarely leave before 4:45 or so -- and I am definitely exhausted! I have been a student for waaayyy too long!


    Oh, and we have to turn in next week's lesson plans the week before.
     
  9. tchrmom23

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    Let's see.... we run on a 6 day cycle. I have 30 minutes while the students are at specials on 3 days of the cycle, and 60 minutes on the other 3 days. We also have 30 minutes duty free lunch (we eat lunch with the students, but then get 30 minutes free while they are at recess - I think a 30 minute recess is insane, but that's a whole other topic:unsure:)
    I also have a 15 min. afternoon recess free on 4 of 6 days. I have duty the other two days along with a before school duty about once a month.
    We have a morning staff meeting every other week, and school is dismissed early about twice a month for staff trainings.
    I can't complain. I taught at the middle school level before this year, and I feel like I have much more time available this year - plus I have para time, which I never had at the middle school level.
     
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    Oh - I forgot about lesson plans. We do not turn them in and no one has ever looked at mine. My principal has,however, stopped in my room several times and just hung out for a while, which I think is WONDERFUL. She even wrote me a note about what she's been seeing in my room. Basically just encouragement. I've never had a principal do this before and it is really nice.
    I love that if a parent calls about something this principal can actually speak to what she has seen going on in my room.
     
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    I have 2 hours and 50 minutes a week of planning time. (Spanish, PE and Library)

    We have meetings twice a week at lunch (working lunch.) One is 45 minutes, the other is 1 hour and 45 minutes (vary from levels meetings, whole faculty, staff and faculty, or what we call cross-levels.)

    Once a month we work on a curriculum planning committee that meets 2 hours after school, and each staff/faculty member is required to be on a school-wide committee that also meets for 2 hours every other month (this could be technology, house and grounds, diversity, development, etc.)

    We also have 2 evening seminars a year (6-8 pm or something.) This is complicated so I won't explain what it is... sort of prof. development.

    We have two open houses for prospective families, two open houses for current families, curriculum night, student/parent open house...I think that's it. By the way, our parent/teach conferences usually last ONE HOUR and each report for each child takes SEVERAL hours to write. They are narrative evaluations and range from 3-5 pages in the fall 5-8 pages in the spring.

    It's a lot. I would say most teachers also spend at least two extra hours at school, either before or after just planning and getting ready for what the next day may bring. That's not including report writing. Oh, the good thing though, is that I get six sub days for report writing each year.

    BUT, we don't have to turn in any lesson plans...:2up:
     
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    Our students have one 30-minute recess and an hour lunch. Teachers do 60 minutes/week of supervision duty which could be at recess, lunch, before or after school. We receive 190 minutes/week of planning (prep) time. We have a staff meeting once a month after school (usually an hour) and a divisional meeting once a month (less than an hour). There are various committees, etc, and as a Special Ed teacher my life seems to revolve around meetings, but the 2 monthly meetings are "it" as far as whole staff requirements.

    We need to keep and up-to-date day book on our desk with daily plans, but don't need to submit lesson plans to our administrator. We do need to complete long-range plans for the year to be turned in by the end of the first month of school--this is quite general, what topics, etc will be covered each term.
     
  13. 1stYearTeacher

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    I have new teacher/mentor meetings every week. Twice a month we have staff development meetings. In addition there are other team meetings.

    I have either a 30 or 45 minute lunch depending on if I have recess duty that week. (Every other)

    I have a 45 minute planning time every day while children are in specials.

    We must turn in our plan book every other week with a brief explanation of the topics to be covered. There are other things required in the plan book but I won't get into that.
     
  14. loves2teach

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    Well, counting the 15 min before & after school I am supposed to be there, plus my 30 min lunch, the 35 min my kids get for pe, and the 45 min my kids have 4 days a week in other specials- I get a ton of planning time.

    One of the pe times a week I have a required meeting, and for one hour after school per week I have a faculty meeting.

    My lessons are discussed during the 35 min meeting every week, but I do not have to turn them in.
     
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    I have 55 minutes duty free recess and lunch every day, except if it is raining. Then I'm in the classroom and our recess supervisor and director come around and give all of the teachers a short break, usually about 10 minutes.

    As for prep time, I have 6 1/2 hours every week while my students are with specialists.

    Lesson plans are due on Monday morning for that week. Since I'm the Dean of Lower School, all of the teachers turn in their plans to me.
     
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    I have the entire middle session on Thursday off for planning - which I think is about 1.5hours (just started at the school so I have my first RFF tomorrow). I have an hour long whole school staff meeting on Tuesday and Wednesdays we have a stage meeting. Today's stage meeting went for almost 2.5hours but I was told they normally go 1.5hours so I guess we'll see.
    We are supposed to be at school by about 8:20am and morning duty starts at 8:25am but I don't have a morning duty atm. I have two other duties throughout the week (one on Monday at first half lunch and then on Thursday at recess). I have been told that I will also have another duty too but that needs to be fixed up. So all in all my duties are approx. 60minutes long and if I use my time before school for planning then I end up with 4hrs (not including recess or lunch because i'm usually going to the toilet, eating and doing all those other essentials and trying to grab at least a little break in there).
    As we work in collaborative teams we are not required to hand in lesson plans or programs
     
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    We are required to be at school by the time the students enter the classroom (7:45) and are required to stay 10 minutes after the bell. I usually spend these times just getting unpacked/packed up for the day. I get daily: 30 minutes for p.e. and 30 minute lunch/recess (unless I have duty-then it is 10-20). If it is raining the kids go back to one of the two gradelevel rooms and watch a movie. I get 3 hrs and 15 minutes weekly while they are at specials. As for meetings, we have faculty meetings a few times a month and they last for about 30 minutes usually. We have various lengthier professional development meetings throughout the year, but are not required to go to prof. development on our own time. Parent conferences are once per year and are a strict 15 minutes- no more. No extra paperwork is required for them. Lesson plans are submitted by email every week, but only lesson names and page numbers are required.
     
  18. mdawson

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    Wow! Instruction at my school starts at 8:45 and I am required to be there by 8:00. Students leave at 2:45 and I have to stay until 4:00. The only planning time I have is before and after the students leave. We eat lunch with the kids and do all their specials.

    Maybe my situation is a little different. I work at a private school for ED kids. We can't leave them alone at anytime. We even have to walk them to the bathroom.

    My lessons plans are due on Monday morning every week. We have staff meetings every other week and I have kitchen duty once a month.
     
  19. Windy City

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    I think that I am on the lucky end of things. We get 50 minute lunches, about an hour per day for planning, and all team planning meetings are during the school day (but that does count in the hour planning for one day per week). Faculty meetings are 1/2 before school about once or twice per month. We do not turn in lesson plans.

    I was an aide in the middle school while I was working on my grad degree. Those teachers were even luckier. They had a 50 minute lunch and THREE 50 minute planning periods per day. That is not a typo. That's 12 hours per week of planning. Before school, after school, and lunch duties could be done for a stiped (my school now actually offers a nice stipend for this as well if teachers want to do it). But the benefits to this is the teachers are not stressed in any way, they work healthy hours because they can leave when the school day is done, and they have the time to plan extravagent lessons.

    Granted, I work in an extremely wealthy area, so there is plenty of tax money to support these teaching "lifestyles".
     
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    All teachers are to report to school at 9am. Students come at 9:30am. So they count those 30 minutes as part of our prep.

    We get 40 minutes for recess/lunch (duty free for teachers)/ We also get 40 minutes for specials. So all together we get an hour and 50 minutes of "plan" time a day.

    On Wednesdays we have meetings (staff, grade level, committees), so our 30 minute plan time goes to those meetings.

    On Thursdays I have a new teacher meeting during my students special time, so that takes those 40 minutes from me.

    We have in-service days throughout the year. The students are dismissed early for these days. Teachers must come back to plan two days before Winter Break ends.

    I don't think I have to turn anything formal to my principal in terms of lesson plans.
     

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