Planning time? How much do you get?

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    Just curious...someone on a previous post said something about having plenty of planning time...just wondered how we all stack up.

    We arrive at school 45 minutes prior to letting the students in and leave 45 minutes after the students are released (at least those are our required hours). During the day we have a 30 minute 'planning' period when the kids are at their resource class (art, music, etc). We have 30 minutes for lunch. wow....looking at it on paper it LOOKS like enough time! But it doesn't come close! Those times are so packed with little projects, etc I don't know if anyof us can actually plan...I think we are generally using it to catch up, go to meetings, and handle whatever new 'urgent' paperwork we have.

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    Wow! We arrive at 7:40...busses arrive around 7:45 or so... Classes start at 8:10. We have a 40 minute planning period, 30 minute lunch and we can leave as soon as the last bus is called...around 3:20... However, to get anything done I usually come earlier than required and stay later...
     
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    I arrive at 7:50. Kids come in the room at 8:15. I always have at least a 30 minute prep a day. Some days it's 70 minutes if I happen to have art and music or art and gym. We end up with a total of 45 minutes for lunch and then 15 minutes for afternoon recess. Kids leave at 3:20 and I usually stay til 4 or after.
     
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    We arrive at 7:40. Our bell rings at 7:50. Our students are dismissed at 3:25 and we are required to stay until 3:40. This year we rec'd 75 minutes of planning time(suprisingly). Rumor has it we will only have 50 minutes next year. It stinks because our day is so long.
     
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    We have at least 40 minutes scheduled a day. Now, that may change due to certain circumstances (kids getting sick, parents visiting, etc...).
    We arrive at 8:00, the students can come to the classroom at 8:10. School officially begins at 8:25. On days that we have Music, Art, and Library we have 40 minute planning periods (we rotate have music and art twice a week-one week we'll have 2 arts and the next we'll have 2 musics). On days with P.E. we have 60 minutes. We also have 2 Computer Lab sessions, 25 minutes a piece.
    Here's my special schedule (maybe it will clear that mess up)
    Monday-P.E. 8:40-9:40
    Tuesday- Music 8:40-9:20, Computer lab 1:10-1:35
    Wednesday- Week 1: Music/Week 2: Art 8:40-9:20, Inclusion (Counselor/Health) 2:30-3:10 (we're having grade level meetings)
    Thursday- Art 8:40-9:20
    Friday- Library 12:45-1:25, Computer lab 2:10-2:35

    We have 30 minutes for lunch, and 20 minutes of prep time during students recess (except for one day). We have recess duty once a week, and bus duty after school. School officially ends at 3:30. It seems like we have lots of time. After you walk the kids all the way down to where they're suppost to be, you really don't have that much. I'm outside and very far away from most special classes, except P.E. By the time I walk the kids down there, walk back and go to pick them up again, I've lost 10 minutes.
     
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    Planning time

    We are required to arrive at 7:45 with children walking in at 7:55. Classes start at 8:30, but between 7:55-8:30 we have breakfast, attendance, etc. Then we get a 35 min. prep for specials (gym, art, etc.) and a 30 minute lunch. On every 3rd day we are free from a recess duty, but most of us are keeping students to work with in our rooms during that day. Our dismissal starts at 2:50 and goes to 3:20, we leave at 3:25. Soooo, most of my prep time is done after or before school on my time and a lot of time is spent at home doing work.
     
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    Oh. I forgot to mention I teach after school 2x a week. I usually am here by 7:00 a.m., and leave by 6:00 p.m. Oh, and I'm at school right now.
     
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    In my school, teachers have to arrive at 8:25 am and can leave at 3:20 pm. The students come in at 8:50 am and they are dismissed at 3:15 pm. Our specials run for 35 minutes (which is our prep during the day). The teacher's lunch is 45 minutes.
     
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    In my school the teachers have to be in by 8:25 and the kids come at 8:30. I usually get to school b/w 7:30 and 8am.
    The kids leave at 3:13 and we can leave at 3:40. I usually stay till a little after 4 getting everything ready for the next day.
    All the preps we have are 30 minutes long except library and art. We have music 2x a week
    p.e 2x a week
    art once a week
    library once a week
    health every other week
    character ed every 6 weeks
     
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    For art, gym and music we have 45 minutes once a week, Library is once a week for 60 minutes. Lunch is 40 minutes which I don't consider planning time because I have to eat, however I usually end up running some copies or making a phone call or 2 during lunch. We have to arrive at 8:10 and that is when the kids are let in. The kids leave at 3:10 and we have to be there till 3:25. If I want to use the computer lab I am on my own. I don't feel there is enough planning time. On Wednesday's I have no specials so it is a loooooong day.
     
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    Our school board negotiated a new contract last May which gives us 160 minutes of prep time a week (increasing to 200 minutes/week at the end of the fourth year of the contract). We do 60 minutes of duty each week, have 1 hour for lunch and 30 minutes of recess/day (our duties often occur during one of these times). We need to arrive at school 15 minutes before the bell and are free to leave any time after the kids do.
     
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    Contract says we're supposed to get 30 min. during the day, plus a duty-free lunch (50 min.). My kids don't have lunch/recess anywhere but in my room (PreK sped)... so I don't get the hour everyone else gets for lunch... I take 30 min. when my kids are on the playground or in the gym with my paras (we do our own gym time, and we get music once a week with the music teacher, but we have to stay with our class), and my class gets out at 2:30 so from 2:30-3:00 (when the other prek classes are still meeting since they're half-day programs), it's "technically" prep time for me.

    I could choose to take my lunch during the kid's lunch, but I think it's important for me to be there during that time (great language, communication, sensory stuff).

    The rest of the school is 8:50-3:20 or so, they get a 50 min. lunch plus at least 1, usually 2 specials... they have gym every day, and rotate through art, music, library, tech lab... the 1-2 classes get Spanish every day (2x a week in K), but it's in their classrooms.
     
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    We arrive at 8, kids arrive at 8:30. We can leave when they leave. I probably was the one saying I had plenty of plans. I actually have way too many - they take away soooooo much teaching time. I have 13 free periods per week (lunch is a shorter period, though) including lunch. One day a week I only teach 3 periods. My kids leave the room for 13 specials (includes science) and lunch/recess every week.
     
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    DO NOT COMPLAIN ABOUT LACK OF PLANNING TIME!! Our staff was complaining about this issue several years ago and then we got CONTRACTED planning time added to our work day. I take home what I need to, stay when I need to, but I don't need or want ONE more minute of 'PLANNING TIME' REQUIRED of me.
     
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    We get one hour per WEEK...so quit your complaining.
     
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    I wasn't really complaining. I was just telling pamms what our planning periods looked like. We have really nice times. I end up not planning during that time but grading, making stuff for the classroom, meeting with parents, meeting with other teachers, etc... I always take stuff home with me. Last year we didn't have as much time.
     
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    Grammy one hour per week!!!! YIKES!!! Not enough planning time for you!
     
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    NO, it's not...and Miss W...I am being funny about saying quit your complaining! Man. Anyway, I take stuff home and I am really fast at planning if I need to be. We have the kids take at least a half hour rest each day so I get a bit done then, but mostly end up writing parent notes or finishing a bulletin board. I would just love an hour a day.
     
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    Okay. I just wanted you to know I wasn't one of those bad people we were talking about earlier. :D
     
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    What are you talking about?
     
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    Another thread. Sorry.
     
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    We have to be at school by 8 and school starts at 8:40. I am always there earlier though. We get a 15 minute recess every morning (we only have duty during that recess one day per week), 40 minutes for lunch, and a 30 minut eplanning period during recess in the afternoon. On top of that, the kids go to specials all afternoon on Wednesday one right after the other, so we have planning time from 12-3 eveyr Wednesday. I LOVE this! My team plans for the first hour and then we can work on whatever we want.
     
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    LOL I can see that happening. Instead of having more planning time, i'd rather have less paperwork required of us! WISHFUL THINKING. Did you by any chance get more money for having to work more hours? I do stay later and work weekends, etc but I do often wish there were more hours when the media center and copy rooms were available.
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    I only get more money when I teach after school. That's okay with me.
     
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    That sounds like a good idea! What specials do they have? How long do they spend at each one? I'm just wondering if this is an idea we could incorporate at our school.

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    Pamms, the specialist time includes art, recess, library, music, and pe. Last year they had computer lab as well on weeks when they didn't have art. Each specialist is 35 minutes. It is so great!
     
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    I have to be at school at 8:00, the kids arrive at about 8:15. I have NO planning time during the day. We eat lunch and play duty aide at recess with our kids, so I usually try to eat fast to do any last minute things. Once a month we get a half day to plan/change bulletin boards. Besides teaching Pre-K, I also teach Art and Nutrition to both Pre-K and K. So everyone is lucky to get that paid planning time in their schedule!
     
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    As per contract, we are required to be there by 8:50, school starts at 9:05 and we have to stay until 3:50, school is out at 3:40. We also have to do 30 minutes before or after (your choice) and we have a 45 minute planning period when the students are at specials (art, computer lab, music, and P.E.) We also get a 30 minute duty free lunch.
    That being said, I typically arrive at school at 7:30 each day and stay until 4:00 three days a week, and 5:00 two days a week. My plan time is usually taken up by making calls, writing notes, cleaning up and putting away, preparing for the next day (pulling guided readers or making copies and cutting paper) and touching base with my team. We have once a week team meetings and once every two weeks staff meetings in the mornings. I also bring home a fair amount of work. I would not survive on plan time alone!
     
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    I have be at school by 7:35, the kids come in at 7:40 and school starts at 7:50. We have 45 minutes of planning each day and 30 minutes duty free lunch. I have recess duty and after school duty every day and morning duty a few weeks a year. On the up side, our principal this year is letting us leave after our children are all gone. We had to stay until four o'clock last year. School gets out at 3:25. I have yet to leave before four o'clock but it's nice knowing I can leave earlier if I need to get to a doctor's appointment or get other errands done.
     
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    This really sounds like a great idea.. How do the kids get from one special to another? Do the Specials teachers walk them?

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    We come in a half an hour before school starts but the students are allowed in our rooms at that time also. We get a half an hour break during the day and we stay 40 mins after the students leave.
     
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    At first, the special teachers walk the students to the next destination. However, after the kids are used to the schedule, they just go to the next one by themselves because everything is close by. Works well!
     
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    LOL! Plan time...that's funny! This is my first year teaching, and I teach 2nd grade CD. I don't GET planning time! That is apparently what weekends are for. Because of a program I am in, I must turn in long form lesson plans...10 per week. now getting 10 is no problem...but taking time to write every little thing out, and have it in a week ahead of time is quite time consuming. I start at 7:40, kids come in at 7:45 and leave around 2:30. I get to go at 2:30ish. We don't really have specials except music once a week, and gym twice a week. I get 45 minutes for lunch which is usually spent making sure mats are in place for naptime and that I have nothing on the floor the kids can pick up and eat! Because of all this, I generally get in about 7:00, and leave no earlier than 4. That's when UI try to get planning done...if I don't have to make copies or cut stuff out for the next day.
     
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    woah... your 2nd graders get naptime? I can't even have one for my preschool kids!

    I'm jealous!!!
     
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    Wow,

    I never heard of 2nd graders having naps. We have to be at school by 7:45 except for duty morning 7:20. Our bell rings at 7:55. I am always at school early, between 7:00 on duty mornings and usually by 7:15 on other mornings. I have duty on Mondays. Hall duty in the morning, recess duty afternoon, and car riders duty in the after school. We have four duty teams and every four weeks we have duty on Friday along with our regular duty day. If I get to work at 7:30, I feel like I am late. This year has been better for leaving, I few times I have left before 4:00.
     
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    We have to be at school by 7:50 and can leave at 3:20. However, I am at school by 7:00 and ususally leave about 4 or 4:30. We have to eat lunch with our kids and because out classes are so big our 2 assistants can't be on the playground alone with them, we, the teachers take turns going out with them. We also get 40 minutes of a special 4 days a week. But that time is usually grade level meetings, cleaning up the room, getting the next lesson ready, etc. So on a typical day, I get approx. 70 minutes "paid" planning time. Not too bad I guess, just wish I did not have to eat with my kids!
     
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    Planning Time? My weekend and nights after school. During the week? Can't. I have 1/2 before/after school and about 40 minutes during day, but- plan? Naw, I am usually calling parents, putting projects together (low parental involvement), making sure I do my required duties like preparing for evaluations, etc. etc. I am sure we all know what I'm talking about. My planning time is completely unpaid.
     
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    I am never going to complain again.
     
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    Oh c'mon, you know you will! lol :)

    Keep smiling!
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    I get an hour each day for planning. We also get "video" day per week to watch enrichment videos for 1 hour but I never take them. I don't really like watching videos in school. If I need a break or am sick I will pop one in but not really. Then we also get a duty free lunch and recess once a month so thats another hour. I love it when my week rolls around!
     

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