So my principal always stresses to teachers that she wants us to get as much done during contract hours, that she doesn't want us taking work home or staying late/coming in early. Yeah, fine. We all know that taking work home is a part of life, but I'm sure we'd all like to be able to get work done on contract time, too. Here's the frustrating part... I'm supposed to get two hours a week of "free" planning time, and another two hours a week of "PLC" time with my team. The two hours of PLC time are basically a waste. They are poorly run, our coaches run roughshod over the meetings... long story short, we basically spend two hours a week getting lectured and talked to by our math/reading coach. The whole point of PLC time is for it to be team-run, but if the team tries to run it, we get written up. Then I have planning time. Yay! Except... I don't ever seem to actually get it. During the month of December, I had about two hours total, between meetings, specials getting cancelled, etc. The week I come back to school, I get one hour, on Thursday. I'll probably actually average about an hour a week during January. How in the WORLD can I be expected to accomplish everything that needs to be done with one hour of planning time in a week (or with two for an entire month)? It wouldn't be so bad if not for my principal always saying, "work smarter, not harder" and "you shouldn't have to work outside contract time." It feels like she's just rubbing salt in the wound.