Hi all. I started a new job in a new state this year. It was very surprising to me when I learned that all teachers must join kids outside for recess, and we have structured meetings every day while kids are in specials. We take kids to lunch, and it takes awhile to have behavior under enough control to be able to leave the cafeteria. All in all, we are left with around 20 minutes of time to take care of odds and ends (turn in money orders, use the restroom, meet with an OT, eat something, etc.) I don't work with the easiest crew of kids. 98% of the kids in my school qualify for free/reduced lunch, and with that comes a lot of behavior issues to strategize through. Most of my students are working far below grade level. I knew what I was signing up for working with this demographic, and gladly embraced the challenge. I could even get used to the fact that we have somewhere between 2-5 training seminars every week. I just think that a planning period would be nice. My question is this: Is this becoming a new norm? Are there other teachers out there who have no planning period? I'm very curious. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!