Planning Periods

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  1. JustMe

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    That's just...unfortunate. Awesome that you do it, of course, but unfortunate that you have to...even though I know some is surely fun and rewarding. I have a feeling not everyone is as dedicated as you are and those students are missing out.

    Also, what in the world does the librarian do?

    Do specials come into play at the middle school level? I think certified specials teachers offer so much to a school!
     
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    Actually, we have full-time library media assistants (not certificated teachers) because the library media teachers work at 3-4 schools. I think our librarian is at our site 1.5 days a week.

    And yes...some teachers refuse to do art, music, and P.E. because "there's no time" or "I don't like it." Sad! :(

    Yes...middle schoolers take elective classes. They have art, band, cheer, sports, technology, cooking, etc. It's great because they get one period a day of an elective of their choice.
     
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    Yes...You're completely right, FourSquare! It's so incredibly difficult to plan for every single subject! And no...I totally knew you weren't trying to be offensive! :hugs:
     
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    I don't think I COULD teach music! I can't even keep a beat while clapping :rolleyes: This is why I cannot dance, sing, or play an instrument- I have NO rhythm!
     
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    I can relate! I can't even clap correctly when at pep rallies and such. It baaaad.

    But this is why I'll always support the inclusion of trained specialists in related arts areas. :)
     
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    I get 240 minutes per week.
     
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    Me too! I'm also can't even draw a stick person so art is out too. I'd have to do PE as more of an exercise class because I don't know that much about sports either. I can't even imagine!
     
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    We have supervisors. Their job is to come in around 10:00 to start monitoring recess and lunch, and they leave when it's all over around 1:30.
     
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    I can't draw, but I can craft ;) Art class would be OK. I'm not athletic, either (I am a HUGE klutz), but I could manage PE as well. But, music, .......
     
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    Two out of our 9 periods are prep/lunch so that's 86 minutes. We teach 5 periods. We also have one 43 minute "tutorial" period in which we have to be available to help students, but if no students show up, it's essentially a prep. Finally we have one duty period. Depending on the duty, you may be able to get work done.
     
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    Most California districts cut "specials" teachers long long ago. Class sizes in Southern California tend to be around 30 in k-2 and up to 40 in third grade and up because regular teachers have been cut too. My mom just read in the CTA magazine that CA districts are laying off hundreds of teachers again this year. I think the layoffs have been happening for...7 years now? Every single year. That's our state's reality. Preps and specials teachers are things of the past.

    It's also the reason I'm staying at my charter for the foreseeable future. I'm secure here and there's not a lot of that happening in CA. I also really like not teaching art and PE, since I'm less than skilled at those. Music I could probably do at my level. But I'm still grateful for the music teacher!
     
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    Gosh, it's so sad to me to read that. Forty third graders? :(
     
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    Me too...we have numbers in the low 20's in our classes.
     
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    That's just crazy. Pathetic, California!
     
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    I'm not sure how common it is in 3rd (probably would be more like 33) but in 4th and 5th I've heard of 36 or 37, and that's not uncommon. Third is a weird grade because we have K-5 schools and K-6 schools (depends on district) so sometimes it's considered upper grade and sometimes it's primary. It just sounds totally crazy but I know it's true because I student taught 32 second graders and 34 sixth graders, and those class sizes are considered normal in SoCal. :dizzy:

    This is southern CA though (and not all areas, but definitely many) - northern tends to have smaller class sizes.

    I do know that high school classes can go OVER 40 in some areas.

    But I didn't mean to hijack the thread or get into a discussion on class size - just highlighting that CA certainly can't afford specials teachers if districts can't even afford regular classroom teachers. :(
     
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    This. At the elementary level we get 50 minutes per day. At the secondary level we get 90 minutes, but 45 of those are required team meetings, IEPs and other required activities.
     
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    This is oh-so-true, yellowdaisies! Sad, but true! :(
     
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    40 Minute Lunch: 11:41am-12:21pm

    40 Minute-Planning Period: 9:34am-10:14am
     
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    We don't really get any. school starts at 8:15 and is over at 1:55 pm. It is sort of a short day but we don't have a minute to ourselves. There is a 10 minute break, and a 34 minute lunch, but during these times we must supervise the kids outside. there is 1 minute passing period between classes.
    We have no planning built in.
    We're supposed to be there around 7:30 am, so I'm there exactly at that time, and it's just enough for me to run some copies if I didn't do it the day before, set up my powerpoints for 3 classes, put things on the board, straighten things up if I didn't do it the day before.
    We're supposed to stay until 2:45 pm I think, but my P said she knows we're adults and we know what we're doing, so if we leave right at 2 pm but are prepared to teach next day because we plan at home, it's fine by her :)
    I often stay until 2:30, even later, but the real planning happens at home.
    I'm getting used to it and don't spend as much time on planning as I have 1 month ago.
     
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    If you ask me, it doesn't count if "planning time" is before or after school.

    It's only planning time if it's when school is in session, but someone else is responsible for your students.
     
  21. MrsCK

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    :agreed: We NEED that time during school hours to plan and regroup. By the end of the day I'm usually exhausted without a true planning period, so it's harder to get real planning done.
     
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    I get an hour each day. We are required to eat lunch with our kids, but we get a break when they go to PE and music.
     
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    I don't get a specified set amount every day, but on average I have about 45 minutes-1 hour daily, not counting the 15 min blocks of time between some classes. If I don't have lunch duty, that's a half hour more. I've been SO grateful for my prep time this year - last year my schedule was jam-packed!!
     
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