Our technical planning time is in the morning before the kids come into class, 8-8:45. Of course, we also use our time to grade papers, answer emails, etc while the kids are at Specials. Our principal has taken away this "break" time this year and we now have meetings 5 days a week during Specials with all the different school coaches for the entire duration. (Monday-reading coach, Tuesday-science lab teacher, Wednesday-math coach, etc). School day is over at 3, and we are allowed to leave at 3:25, but who can do that? Between grading papers, answering emails, graphing, setting up for afternoon labs, creating lesson plans (which have to be VERY detailed), who can leave then, ESPECIALLY now that our time has been taken away. I'm overwhelmed. The morale is low at our school and it's only the 7th day. I almost broke down into tears today. Has this happened to anyone else at your school? I have friends who are teachers at other schools and they still have their Specials to do as they please. I feel like I'm on the verge of a breakdown...it's just too much.