Survey: What's your course load?

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  1. Odradek

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    Hi all,

    I've found data on this is surprisingly vague, so a quick survey:

    What's your course load? How many preps do you have? And what's your average class size? Are you at a public, independent, or parochial school?

    Thanks!!
     
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  3. dgpiaffeteach

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    Public
    Four preps
    Average class size is ten
     
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    20
     
  5. Ima Teacher

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    Public
    Two Preps
    22 kids

    That varies a lot, though. I've had as many as four preps and 35 kids in a class. Same school. Same grade level. Same subject.
     
  6. futuremathsprof

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    Private for the win.

    4 preps

    20-25 kids per class (AP Stats, AP Calc AB/BC, Geometry)
     
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    Public

    1 prep (most of my colleagues have 2, and some years I have 2)

    Classes size average 22-23
     
  8. MsMar

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    Public middle school.
    Three preps
    classes are typically 22-26 students
     
  9. MsAbeja

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    Public middle school
    4 preps/courses (I teach a total of 5 sections)
    28 kids in two classes, 15 in the others (but the smaller classes are intervention classes, so they're "needier" students)
     
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    Public

    2 preps (subjects) over 4 classes

    26 students
     
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    I can't believe how many people have 4 or more preps---that's insanity!!! Our union doesn't allow more than 3, and 3 is only in unique situations (i.e. there is only 1 sign language teacher, etc.) I don't think having that many preps it is really possible to be able to plan for all that within the allotted planning time.
     
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    I have had 4 before. It's not too bad when you have taught the classes before. This year I have 3 preps but in all new courses (I switched schools). It IS a lot of work but I enjoy the kids, the school and admin. so it''s no worries. I must be inefficient as I have never been able to get all my planning done in the allotted planning time!:) Next year I will have 4 preps but the new one is my favorite class to teach!!! I have taught only in smaller schools so I am guessing my average class size to be no more than 14-15. I don't think I would be happy in a large school environment. Occasionally I have had classes with 3-5 students. That is a lot of fun and the kids seems to like it as well.
     
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    Public
    1 prep
    25-30 class size
     
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    Public
    5 preps
    Average of 30 per class
     
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    Public high school
    2 courses, 5 sections
    2-3 prep periods (200-290 mins per week)
    classes capped at 32, some electives are a bit lower (smallest class is 27)
     
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    Under 20
     
  17. Teacher234

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    Daily Class
    6 hours (including supervision during lunch)
    5.5 hrs. (excluding supervision during lunch)
    12 students
    No separate planning periods

    Public School
     
  18. MsAbeja

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    This is my first year teaching and having four subjects to prep for has absolutely killed me. I'm hoping to get it down to 3 for next year.
     
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    What subject(s)/grade level do you teach? :)
     
  20. MsAbeja

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    Middle school--Spanish, ESL Language Arts, an ELL support class, and a random elective that was thrown my way at the last minute to fill out my schedule. I'm really hoping to grow the Spanish program somehow, though.
     
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    I have four. I've had as many as six at a previous school though. I do a lot of my planning over the summer, and now it's usually just minor tweaks here and there. We're very small (40ish kids in a graduating class), so it's just how it is. Three or four preps is ideal for me. When I only had one or two, I would get so bored teaching the same thing over and over again.
    I have far less grading due to the smallness of our school though. Three of my seven periods have fewer than five students in them. Most of my other classes are under 15.
     
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    I would like to know the elective. I understand that this is not the big picture, however, I am rather curious.
     
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    Public Middle
    Average class size 39
    One prep
     
  24. futuremathsprof

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    39?! That’s gross.
     
  25. MsAbeja

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    It's called Study Skills for Sixth graders, but it ended up being a lot of kids with behavior problems and some undiagnosed SPED.

    I wasn't given any curriculum or materials to use, but I found some decent mini lesson packets in Executive Functioning skills through TPT. still, that took a while for me to figure out on my own, and with 3 other subjects to prep for it felt like a lot.
     
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  26. GTB4GT

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    I agree completely with this. I too prefer 3 or 4.
     
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    Thank you for replying. So, it is basically a self-contained elective? Sixth graders (in the 12:1:1 bridge program) are given instruction in study skills (at my school).
     
  28. Camel13

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    Ha! Six preps. Average of 18 per class.
     
  29. futuremathsprof

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    Sweet Jesus, 6 preps?!

    Are you a zombie?
     
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    I teach in a private school, a self contained middle school SPED class...
    So, if I count all the subjects I teach, I would have 15 preps and 17 students.
     
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    How is this possible?
     
  32. ms.irene

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    Been there, done that. Not a zombie, just a teacher at a small, impoverished school.
     
  33. ms.irene

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    Math is the one thing I've never taught, but I'm guessing it works like this:
    Middle school = 3 grade levels
    Self-contained = 5 (or 6) content areas
    3 * 5 = 15
     
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    You're correct. That is how we do it. We meet in small group or individual to give basic instruction. Most of the students can then work independently and ask questions as they need help. It's a challenge, but after so many years of doing this type of program, everything comes naturally.
     
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    Actually, it's not officially SPED and I'm not SPED certified. It's a new elective this year, I think it was meant to be part of an exploratory wheel but didn't end up that way. 15 students were placed in at the beginning of the year based on recommendation of their 5th grade teacher, but it ended up grouping a lot of kids with behavior issues and some who were eventually tested and pulled out for SPED. the kids who were tested out were replaced by others second semester. It's been my most challenging class, by far.
     
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    Ok. Thank you for clarifying this and addressing my misconception.
     
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    2 preps (more like 1.5...it's on-level and honors of the same course) over 3 class periods
    15-25 students
     
  38. Bioguru

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    Public (High School)
    4 Preps
    Average Class Size: 15
     
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    Public high school

    3 Preps - all lab based
    6 classes
    Average Class Size: 22
    And I have to give timely effective feedback to all!
     
  40. Linguist92021

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    3 preps in 6 class periods. This wouldn't be so bad but we have 20 minutes before school prep tie, and 50 % of that is taken by morning supervision (for example this week I have no morning prep time), after school we have 15 minutes, which is taken up by gate supervision or cleaning up the classroom, putting stuff away. So, we have no prep time.
    class size: 10-15, although I have / have had this year as little as 4 kids in 1 class. This is alternative ed, so each kid should count as 2-3 (behaviors).
    On top of it, we we don't get curriculum, we must create it and each year come up with something different because we will have the same kids in those classes.
     
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    Public School-8th grade
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    6 classes with 1 block for planning
     

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