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  1. TeachMathNJ

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    Hello!

    I am teaching at a charter school in NC. Currently, I am with my students for 7 hours a day, then they go to specials. I have to stay with them at lunch and take them to recess daily, so I have to eat my lunch while monitoring them. My planning period is cut down to 25 minutes due to our specials being at the end of the day; however, our planning periods are also scheduled as meetings with admin. 3 out of 5 days a week. So essentially, I am getting no lunch break and a total of 50 minutes a week for planning. Then, we have to sponsor a club and a committee and make plans/manage those on top of our teaching responsibilities.

    I am ready to leave the profession. I enjoy teaching the students and working with families, but I can't keep working and being away from my family for 12-14 hours everyday plus working 4+ hours each day on the weekend. To top it off, administration constantly sends emails pointing out to all of us what we aren't doing correctly. I feel like admin. should talk directly to the teachers that aren't doing something instead of taking it out on all of us.

    I fully expected to take home work and looked forward to grading papers and such. Instead, I am at school until 6-7 pm daily and then working until I go to bed and working in the mornings on the weekend. I am a very detailed and organized person as well.

    Is it like this elsewhere? I hate to complain; I have wanted to be a teacher my entire life. I just wish I could spend more time at school on teaching and planning instead of meetings where we all have to sit because admin. chose to renew a teacher's contract that doesn't want to be there (and it shows).

    Sorry for my long post. Thanks for reading and your advice.
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Charter schools kind of write their own rules. It's not like this in every charter and it's definitely not like this in public schools (especially if there's a Union!) don't give up. Just find a new position in a new school. :2cents:
     
  4. Ima Teacher

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    It is not like that at my school. I'm at a public school.

    I am at work from 7-4/5 and teaching hours are 8:00-3:00. I get 70 minutes of planning daily and 20 minutes of duty-free lunch. Meetings are 1-2 days a week during planning time, and committees and departments meet after school once a month. I work 2-3 hours on Sunday afternoon to prep for the week. I don't bring work home.
     
  5. TeachMathNJ

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    Thanks for your reply.

    I do understand that charters are different from public in the way of rules, and I was on board at the time, but it's becoming ridiculous. I do have a contract which does state we are to have one 30 duty free lunch and two 15 minute breaks during each school day, which obviously isn't happening. But, it's a charter school, so I have a feeling I'll get the run around if I bring this point up.
     
  6. TeachMathNJ

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    Thanks for your reply. It is reassuring to know it isn't like this everywhere!
     
  7. jadorelafrance

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    I've never worked in a charter myself, but I've heard of similar conditions. I honestly don't know how they get away with it, even without a union. How do you go to the bathroom? It's pretty standard in a public school (and even private) to have at least one hour of prep time a day plus 30-50 mins lunch. I have about an hour of prep daily, and some days I have two hours because of how our schedule works. I have a duty for one full (hour long) period most days. I get about 40 mins of duty free lunch. School ends 25 mins before teachers are allowed to leave, so after school can also be considered prep time and time to meet with students/parents/colleagues. All of our staff/departmental meetings are after school until 4 (later if we have a union meeting) 3 times a month, but all of that is in our contract.
    Definitely start looking elsewhere! I don't understand how teachers put up with that, unless they don't know how it is anywhere else.
     
  8. giraffe326

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    This has nothing to do with being a charter and everything to do with teaching in North Carolina.

    When I taught in NC, I had three planning periods per week- 30 minutes each. One planning period was reserved for meetings with a curriculum specialist, testing coordinator, or our principal. That left 60 minutes of planning per week, and honestly, we were put into meetings during those as well at least 40% of the time. I, too, had lunch and recess duty every day. We also had either morning arrival duty (30 minutes) or afternoon dismissal duty every day (30-45 minutes).


    The fact that you even have specials everyday puts you ahead of every teacher in my former county. Two days per week we were with out kids from bell-to-bell. One year, due to scheduling, I had two specials on Wednesday and one of Friday. So three days per week I had them bell-to-bell. Scratch that. Bell until 30 minutes after the bell, longer if the buses were late.
     
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    This has not been my experience in NC, though I have always been in public schools. My first school I taught 3/4 blocks, so I had 90 minutes planning including a duty free lunch. My second school I taught 5/7 periods so I had about 100 minutes planning, with a lunch duty. Now I teach 4/7 periods (although one more prep may be added in a month or so) with lunch duty. We also have after school duty twice in the school year. Once the year gets rolling my planning periods are quite consumed by meetings, mostly IEP and parent. But I've never felt like I wasn't given enough time to get work done. Granted, some days are tougher than others, but mostly I felt fine.
     
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    But you are secondary. Middle school teachers district in my had over an hour of planning per day because of their block scheduling. One teacher moved up to middle school to get the daily planning.
     
  11. TeachMathNJ

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    Bathroom?! I have to signal to another teacher, run, and be back in under 2 minutes. Oh yeah, our staff meetings are once a week until 5 pm on top of everything else. Time to look elsewhere as everyone else is saying.


     
  12. bros

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    Try another state - maybe one of those placement groups like Carney, Sandoe & Associates?
     

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