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  1. Sshintaku

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    I'm curious to see what other peoples' meeting schedules look like. I understand it's part of the job, but this year, it seems like it's been way excessive for me.

    Due to funding, all professional development is based at your school site this year. So, there's a TON of one hour meetings, and of course, they all conflict because there is so many. Example - this Tuesday, I am supposed to be at the English department meeting, my small learning community meeting, an ELD teachers meeting at the district, AND a meeting to improve the school social climate.

    I've been getting e-mails asking if I can attend such-and-such meeting, or asking why I wasn't at meeting X.

    I'm usually good at multi-tasking, but I cannot handle this. Are other schools operating like this? Words of wisdom?
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  3. Caesar753

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    My school doesn't have meetings on the schedule that you've described, but we do have a few.

    We're supposed to collaborate at least once per week with the other people who teach our subject. There is extra money available to pay for this collaboration time since we don't have common preps. Unfortunately, I am the only one who teaches my subject, so I don't have anyone to collaborate with.

    As a department, we are expected to meet every other week. Those meetings last about 30 minutes.

    We have about 5 professional development days throughout the year. We usually have meetings all day on those days.

    We occasionally have school-wide meetings, usually to discuss upcoming proficiency testing or some other big thing. Those meetings happen maybe 4 or 5 times per year and last 20-30 minutes.
     
  4. mopar

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    We have many meetings as well. Our meetings tend to overlap when you sign up for more than one committee. Otherwise, the meetings don't overlap too much (maybe an IEP meeting with a staff meeting or committee meeting).
     
  5. Sshintaku

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    Sounds like my district seriously needs a new system then. I don't know why they decided to change it this year, but it's definitely NOT working. I haven't signed up for extra responsibilities or anything. These are just basic, gen ed teacher meetings.
     
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    I totally understand. I could shoot fire sometimes when they say "well, you can do it during your planning time". I finally looked at one administrator the other day and said "what planning time?". If you are lucky enough not to have to teach HEALTH on a Monday (it's a rotating schedule because even though the PE teacher is supposed to teach it he doesn't have time to even provide enough PE much less the Health portion because of our school's size, you might get Monday planning time. There is always a meeting on Tuesday during planning. There is usually a meeting Wednesday and Thursday during planning. There is always a Tier 2 meeting during Friday's planning time. There are also meetings after school, often although my principal is very good on trying to keep those to a minimum.

    I have really gotten tired of trying to juggle the last week or so. Besides all of the DURING planning meetings I had 3 meetings after school.
     
  7. MissCeliaB

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    I'm really lucky with this. We have faculty meetings once a week after school. If we need to have departmental meetings, they meet then. Other committees are volunteer and meet after school. Conferences about students are held before or after school. That's it.
     
  8. chebrutta

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    Meetings galore. At least one meeting per week school-related - dept, faculty, etc - and I lose my planning 2-4 days a week for conferences/IEPs and then there are conferences/IEPS after school... I'd be completely lost without my calendar.
     
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    We have 1 meeting a week, and a monthly in-service meeting (that doesn't seem to actually be monthly, but continues to go by the name of "monthly teacher's meeting"). And, of course, the occasional meetings with parents. So, no, we are not drowning in meetings, thank goodness.
     
  10. Brendan

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    I'll outline the policies for my current school and the school I'm starting next fall.

    Currently...
    The first Tuesday of every Month is a school-wide faculty meeting...they last over an hour usually.
    Each department meets when they want. The SS department meets twice a month. However, we also eat lunch together everyday, so that can be used as informal meeting time.
    The Department Chairs meet with the P and the AP for academics every Thursday.
    Every Monday morning the entire Admin. team meets with the Supt.
    IEP meetings happen monthly for each student.
    Committee meetings are usually monthly.
     
  11. mdawson

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    I understand I also have too many meetings and I have to miss some meetings to attend others, but then I'm held responsible for what I've missed. Some of my required monthly meetings go until 6:00 pm and I don't get any extra pay to attend any of them. :dizzy:
     
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    Brendan...monthly IEP meetings for each student? What in the world do you discuss then?
     
  13. MissCeliaB

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    I was wondering the same thing. I'd never get anything done if we met that often on students!
     
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    Yeah me either! We talk about our students often, but not every student each month (unless we are having trouble with the student).
     
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    We are required to meet twice a week with our team
    Once a month staff meeting
    Once a month meeting for whatever committee we are assigned

    It's the team meetings that are killing us... we talk and collaborate throughout the day, and now have been working as a team for several years. We don't feel like we need to be meeting as a whole group this frequently. If we have a question or need some help, we pop in next door. We lose a ton of our planning time.
     
  16. monsieurteacher

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    Wow! That's insane!

    We have weekly team meetings every Tuesday morning for 30 minutes before school starts. While we have to be there a little earlier, it's really the same time we would be there if we had bus duty. The principal and the TAs and specialists all take the kids in the gym with the kindergarten kids in the library.

    Once a month we have a staff meeting, which often goes a little long for my liking, but isn't terrible.

    Beyond that, there's not too much else. We had a meeting on benchmark assessments to find out how the district wants them done, and then we have another meeting with the district Literacy specialist next month to go over the results. Not many extra meetings at all.
     
  17. Sshintaku

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    Don't shoot me, but I WISH they could schedule a few meetings during prep periods. Unfortunately, that will never work, so it's ever day after school, for something or another.
     
  18. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Each Wednesday is early release for students. On a normal day, students get out of school at 2:10. On Wednesdays, however, we get out at 1:40 and have a grade-level meeting/collaboration time from 2:00-2:30. My grade-level team is extremely productive and our meetings rarely go past 2:30.

    Also, we have a staff meeting every other Tuesday that normally lasts about 45-60 minutes (2:30-3:30ish).

    Finally, once a month during lunch, we have a grade-level meeting in which our principal, vice-principal, reading coach, resource specialist, and counselor all attend. This meeting lasts the entire lunch period, but we all eat together and talk about student data, students who are struggling, and let our administrators know what we need from them to do our job.

    I love my school and grade-level team!!!
     

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