What are your working conditions like?

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  1. ms.irene

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    Spinoff from the "best states for teachers" post -- what are your working conditions like, specifically? I'm curious to see what things really look like across the country...

    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    What else did I leave out?


    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    Our classes (secondary) are capped at 32. Most of mine are at full capacity.
    How long are your classes? How many total instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    We have a rotating block schedule with 100 minute classes. I have 1200 minutes on A weeks, and 1300 minutes on B weeks.
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    I have 300 minutes on A weeks, and 200 on B weeks.
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    We have a 15-minute "nutrition break" between the two morning classes, then 35 minutes for lunch.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    We are 1:1 with iPads and good wifi throughout campus (most days).
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    Nothing is provided except the tables and chairs. I get $80 for each of my 5 sections.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    I am in a unionized public school in California.
     
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  3. tchr4vr

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    In my state, Virginia, it varies by school and city--it is all dependent on administration. My current district is probably the best I've had.

    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    Our classes (secondary) are capped at 30. I have gotten the luck of the draw and have only 22 in most classes.
    How long are your classes? How many total instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?

    Alternating days, 90 minutes a class, so 270 minutes per week or 180 per week., then they switch.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?

    450 per week

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?

    35 minutes for lunch

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    We are 1:1 with Chromebooks, although internet is wonky
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    Only what comes with the room.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?

    Virginia, public, non-union
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    I have 29 students, began the year with 30. We "say" we cap at 25, in reality this is unofficially 28. Something I have mentioned to my administration and board, as we have parents shocked we aren't capped at 25. However, 25 is above the average of the usual Utah classroom for lower elementary.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    On average, 27 hours.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?

    On average, 10 hours.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    About an hour a day, all told.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?

    Computers, iPads, Apple Tv.

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?

    While we unofficially rely on students bringing supplies, I get about roughly 300$. School provides the copy paper.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?

    Utah, non-union public charter school.
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    They're capped at 40. I had 39 students in my classroom last semester until I complained because my room is half the size of everyone else's.
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    About 24 hours
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    6 hours.
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    30 minutes a day.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    I have a chromebook cart
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    They do provide printing paper and ink. Other than that I have zero budget, and I teach science.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    Oregon. Union.
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    Grades 1-3 are capped at 20. Grades 4-8 don't necessarily have a firm cap, but generally don't top out over 32.
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class?4
    260 minutes/day--almost 22 hours/week.
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    200 minutes prep time/week as per our collective agreement.
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    The students have 30 minutes of recess and 60 minutes lunch each day. Teachers have 60 minutes of supervision duty each week (no more than 30 minutes/day).
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    Ceiling-mounted projector in every classroom, grades 4-8 share carts of 20 Chromebooks between 2 rooms, 15 laptops in the library, all access have been provided a laptop, Chromebook or iPad for classroom use.
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    Usually $23/student/year for consumable supplies. textbooks, Literature Circle sets, etc. come out of a separate budget line and are shared.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    I'm in Canada--Ontario. All public school employees must be union (federation) members.
     
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    I live in Georgia so here is what I know:
    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    I am in elementary. I believe lower elementary is 30 K (they all have their own para) 1-3 capped at 25 4-5 capped at 35. But there are ways around the cap if they ask permission. So really it is very relative. I teach first and have 22. When I taught 5th I had 31.
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    I have about 4 hours and 45 minute of instructional time per day. We gave a 30 minute lunch, 45 minute specials.
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    This is tricky. Technically we get a 45 minute planning period but we lose time taking them and bringing them back. Plus one a week we have collaborative planning and once or twice a month we have meetings IEP, RTI etc.
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    No breaks, just lunch 30 minutes.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    We have a smartboard, 6 laptops, and 2 desktop computers. Other grades have an iPad cart, but we have not gotten one yet.
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    We get $150 per year to buy what we need with a purchase order. All other supplies are donated by students or bought on my own.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    Georgia. We do not have a strong union or collective bargaining in our state. So our principal has the "right" to move us from grade to grade or require us to attend evening functions as often as she/he seems fit. But I have a great principal who is fairly reasonable. Although we are moving to a new school next year and she really shook up the building and moved a LOT of people to different grade levels. Luckily I get to stay in first grade but there are several people having to switch grades and are pretty devastated they have to move.
    What else did I leave out?
    Although this list ask for the state we are in, really each district has different requirements and expectations. I live in the Atlanta area but I know that in southern Georgia things are vastly different because it is a more lower economical environment. So that is something to keep in mind.
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    Classes aren't capped. We have about 28-32 in each class at my elementary school. I am a SPED teacher, not a classroom teacher. There are no caseload limits for us in my state either. I have 30 this year, but I've had up to 45 in the past. In my home state (OH), the caseload limit is 16, so it was quite a shock moving here!
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    Almost 5.5 hours per day. Students are in school for 7 hours. We have a 50 minute lunch and a 50 minute plan (specials time for students). This is definitely the longest lunch I've ever gotten and I hope our new principal doesn't take it away! Per our contract we're only entitled to 30 minutes.
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    Like a PP said, this varies a lot. Technically, our contract says we must have 3 individual plan periods per week. I know this was a huge deal in negotions because the district wanted all plan time to be "collaboration" time (aka taken up with meetings).
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    50 minute lunch. No other breaks.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    I currently have a smartboard, but the district has told us the technology is outdated and they won't replace them as they break. We also have 1:1 i pads and I have a school provided macbook.
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    We have a supply closet with basic things in it like pencils, paper, and basic office supplies. This is the only school I've worked in (I've worked in 3 schools in my state) that has provided this. We don't get a budget outside of that.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    Colorado. We're right-to-work, but we have an "association" that kind of acts like a union. Our BOE is good about working with them. In some nearby districts, the associations have been effectively disbanded because the BOE simply refuses to negotiate with them and they're not required to do so by law.
    What else did I leave out?
    Like a PP said, I think this varies heavily from district to district as well. I think it's really hard to compare things by state. The three districts I've worked in wtihin this state have all been very different.
     
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    How big are your classes? 22-23

    Are they capped? Not as of next year.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)? 1,575 minutes. Students are in school for 7 1/2 hours each day. They get a 30 minute lunch.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week? 200 minutes unless we have a grade level meeting and then it's 155 per week.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc? 30 minutes daily

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Desktop, projector, and document camera

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? $200

    What state are you in? Union or non-union? Texas. Non- union.
     
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    How big are your classes?
    27-28

    Are they capped?

    There's points at which we begin to get extra pay (i.e. for conferences) for over a certain number (I think 21?), and then there's the "cap". We have to be three over that cap, plus another one, I think, for it to trigger another teacher being added.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?

    Including Lunch: 1,369 minutes
    Without Lunch: 1,219 minutes
    (Assuming I added it up right)

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    If you exclude recess/lunch times, 210 minutes during the school day, 300 before/after (we are here 30 minutes before and after students), for a total of 510. Sometimes an extra 90 for a total of 600.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?

    Two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?

    Desktop, teaching station, document camera, Activ Board, whiteboards, half a class set of netbooks, printer, mic system...I think that's it...

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?

    Too many to list for provided (either by the building or from initial school supplies), and then an additional $350 between the PTSA and building. An extra couple hundred for teachers in their first couple years.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?

    WA / union
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    My classes are between 17-22. Not sure what the maximum size is. This is alternative ed, so 20 students are the same as 40 students in other high school. (at least 70 % of our students are those that no other schools want)

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    27.5 hours

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    1 hour 15 minutes. Yes, that's 15 minutes before school every day. It is most likely just for this school year because there was no other way to make our schedules work out. Last year I think I had about 5 hours.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    15 minutes break every day, but it's not duty free, we must supervise kids. 35 minutes duty free lunch every day.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    I have desktop, laptop with very strong Wi-Fi, Promethean board and I could probably get approved for anything I want. We have a Tech committee who says most of our money for technology is not requested enough by teachers.

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    I think I have $500. Never had any problems getting what I needed.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    Ca, union, but it's not mandatory, at least in my district. I'm not paying any dues.

    Because the minimal preptime, it seems like the conditions are sucky, and I think some teachers are not very happy at my school, but I am. Admin is understanding of the problem with lack of prep time, and I do whatever I can. I do assign independent work often (students do need to know how to sit there and read and do things on their own without me always talking them through it) and I can use that to grade and prep.
    I am happy :)
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    Currently I have 27. The cap for elementary is 32. Every day, I look longingly at the primary classes with a cap at 22 (Title I).

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    1,625 (although 100 of those minutes are recess).

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    240 minutes

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    Theoretically, I have a 30 minute lunch. In reality, I have to stay in the cafeteria until my whole class has gone through the lunch line though, and I'm also required to check my mailbox during my lunch, so it's only actually 20 minutes. As far as breaks, I have my planning time, plus an additional 45 minute weekly CLT meeting.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    I have a SMART board, an LCD projector, a teacher laptop, and 14 kid laptops. I also have 8 tablets that I got through a donors choose project.

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?

    lol

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    Virginia, non-union

    What else did I leave out?
    I'm basically happy here. The pay is way too low for the area, but I'd bet most teachers could/would say the same. There is a huge disparity from school to school in terms of how teachers feel within the same district. It's truly amazing the effect that a good (or bad) administrator can have.
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    This year, I have 27. Usually, I am full at 28, which is the cap for my grade levels. K is capped at 20, 25 for 1-3, and 4-5 is 28.
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    1,625
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    We're supposed to have 200, but many weeks it is 160 due to PLC meetings.
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    60 minutes when the class is at lunch and recess. The only grades that get the full 60 every day are the two grades that have car duty every day for the year. The other grades have recess duty, so they lose 60 minutes a week for that.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    1:1 Chromebook cart, ceiling-mounted projector, Promethean board, mic system, teacher laptop, teacher iPad, Apple TV
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    By state law, all elementary (K-6) gets $500 a year for classroom supplies.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    Arkansas, non-union
    What else did I leave out?
     
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    1. How big are your classes? Are they capped?
      22 in collaborative classes and 5 in self contained with an aide
      How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
      80 minutes per class so 240 a day 1200 a week
      How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
      80 minutes a day 400 minutes a week
      How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
      25 minutes for lunch
      What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
      I have a promethean board, projector, document camera, and all teachers have a laptop and students are 1:1 with chrome books. Wifi is pretty good.
      What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
      They provide most basic supplies, of course we still buy some supplies to supplement what the school supplies us.
      What state are you in? Union or non-union?
      VA public middle school non-union
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    My average class size is about 15 students, and no.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?

    I teach seven 45-minute periods per week, or 1575 minutes/week.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?

    I get 45 minutes per day.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?

    We get a 25-minute lunch.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?

    We are one-to-one with Chromebooks as of this year. I have all the "teacher-tech" one could want.

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?

    I am a science teacher and I have never been told "no" on any purchase. I have never spent any money out of my own pocket.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?

    Texas, non-union.
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    32 in 4-5 (TOO BIG) and 24 in K-3. Those are the caps.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    I had to work this one out. It's about 25 hours a week after taking out lunch and recesses.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?

    100 minutes (50 min 2x) per week during school hours.

    I also have 305 combined additional minutes that occur before and after school. However, I kind of resent having to count all of that because our contract day is longer than most of the districts in my area.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    45 min lunch, 20 min recess. We don't ever have duty during those times, which is really nice.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?

    In addition to teacher tech, we are 2:1 chromebooks and have shared iPad carts as well.

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?

    $250 per year, but we can order consumable supplies (whiteboard markers, pencils, paper, etc) pretty freely within reason. They do keep track.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?

    California. I'm at a public charter so I'm non-union. Public school teachers in CA are part of the union.

    What else did I leave out?
    Pay. I make a lot less at a charter than I would at a public school. I'm switching next year and getting a huge raise.
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    I've had as many as 27, but this year my biggest is 17. That is much more average.
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)? 45 minutes five days a week.
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week? 45 minutes each day.
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc? 30-60 minutes depending on the day.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Laptops, smartboard
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? We just ask for what we want. They're very generous typically.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union? Ohio union
    What else did I leave out? We have a great district! I'm truly lucky!
     
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    That sounds amazing! Is this elementary?
     
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    No I'm in HS! I love it! I feel so spoiled sometimes.
     
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    Wow! DO you teach an elective or main content? I'm amazed by your class sizes.
    I'm also assuming you have five classes that meet for 45 minutes/day, five times/week? That sounds like the schedule at the high school I went to. I am really on the fence about our block schedule. 100 minutes can be a looooong time...
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    My classes are about 15-20. Not sure if there is a cap - the cap is the amount of lockers we have LOL
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    6 classes 4 days per week for 45-50 minutes each. On Wednesday I only have 4 classes for 45-50 minutes each.
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    4 days at 45 minutes and 1 day at 20-25 min
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    I only have my prep and 20 minutes for lunch.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?
    Each classroom has one desktop computer and a smartboard. The library has several computers and we have a computer classroom that students visit once or twice a week. I also have a document camera that I purchased with parent donations.
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?
    I don't actually know. I have always gotten everything I have asked for, between the office and parent donations.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    Pennsylvania. We are union but I'm in a Catholic school. We are in an association.
    What else did I leave out?
     
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    I teach English. I have six classes this year and we meet 45 minutes a day each day. We are a very small rural school, so we just got very lucky!
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    I have 21 kiddos. I dont know what cap is in my area
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)? About 5 house per dau
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week? About 70 minutes
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc? 50 minute lunch and then the approximate 70 minutes in above question
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Smart board, doc cam, lap top carts
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? $300 supply oder per year, plus we send home personal supply list to parents. School provides Kleenex, wipes and paper towels in addition
    What state are you in? Union or non-union?NJ. Union
    What else did I leave out? PD opportunities. We are part of a regional consortium that provides workshops and other of opportunities cities at no cost to teachers. Also $1500 remuneration for coursework per contract period (3 years)
     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    I'm SPED....I have 10 in my pull out class. The gen ed classes are 28-30.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    A little over 5 hours per day. 1500ish minutes a week.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?
    Four 60 minute periods. (The 5th is used for meetings.)

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    60 min prep and 45 min lunch.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Chromebooks, document camera

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? $250 a year in our contract. Since I transferred to a different school, there's also a more active and able PTA that sometimes gives us Amazon giftcards.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?
    IL. Union.

    What else did I leave out? Building quality. Buildings are a big deal, here. They're mostly pretty old. Both my current and last school maintain buildings built before 1900. This is a sharp contrast to somewhere like Vegas, where I just returned from. All their schools seem new and up to date!
     
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    I'm a gifted specialist, so my answers will be a little different. When it's applicable, I'll include info on classroom teachers as well.

    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    My class sizes run from 7 (K/1) to 21. Our gen ed classes run from 17 to 24. They're capped at 24. Each K/1 class has a full-time instructional assistant. Next year, second grade will share an IA.
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)? I teach each grade level I pull for 2 hours a week in reading and 2 hours a week in math. We have 7 hour day. I'm in front of kids approximately 6-6.5 hours a day. Teachers are in front of their classes for 5 (30 minutes recess, 60 minutes planning, 30 minutes lunch).
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week? Some weeks I have none (I set my own schedule, but have a lot of different groups to see). Classroom teachers have 4 hours. They have a PLC (I attend all of them) once a week. I could set my schedule so that I'm more in line with what most teachers in my building are doing, but my kids won't get what they need - and their classroom teachers won't get as much support as they need if I do.
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc? Most days I have 30 minutes for lunch, some days, it's non-existent. I can usually grab a bathroom break as I drop off one group before I pick up the next group. Classroom teachers have 30 minutes a day for lunch. Planning an hour a day (see above)/
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Grades 2-4 are 1:1. K/1, I have access to 5 Chromebooks, but I don't use them much with those kids.
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? $200/year.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union? Virginia. Right to work state. We have an "association."
     
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    I have HS SPE, self-contained, junior/seniors+.

    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    10, no cap. (When I had preschool SPE we got up to 27 SPE/Typical total. NO CAP! Stupid!!)
    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)? 370x5
    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week? 35 min (during PE) then before/after school x5
    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc? I eat lunch with mine.
    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom? Smartboard, 4 iPads, 6 android tablets, and a computer.
    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have? Copy paper is supplied. We had $370 I think.
    What state are you in? Union or non-union? I'm a part of AEA.
    What else did I leave out? Sick/Personal days. 1 sick a month, 5 personal (2 freebies and 3 that cost $50 out of pocket). Personal days that aren't used turn into sick days for the next year. Even the $50 OOP ones. Woohoo!

     
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    How big are your classes? Are they capped?
    My state is capped at 25 but districts can ask for waivers, which, they always get. In my previous district, I had 20 to 26 kids every year (lower elementary). I have since made an (amazing, wonderful, awesome, did I say amazing? Lol.....) switch to a very rural district close to home. This is my first year with them, I will never leave! I have 11 4th graders this year :) Classes are generally anywhere from 10 to 16. There are 2 classrooms per grade, Pre-k through 5th.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?
    About 24 hours.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?

    About 12 hours.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?
    I'm not sure my school would call anything other than our 25 minute lunch a "break". Between lunch, 4 recess periods, and their specials time I am without kids roughly 2 hours and 50 minutes a day out of 7.5 hours. They start with a 30 minute recess while we prep. Throughout the day they have a 15 minute snack recess, a 40 minute special, a 30 minute lunch recess, 25 minute lunch period for them and me, and then they end the day with a 30 minute recess. Twice a week I have lunch duty and lose that extra 25 minutes.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?

    I have 6 laptops, 3 ipads and a smart board for the kids. I have a Macbook Air for me.

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?

    We get $800 at the beginning of the year for the whole year's worth of supplies for our room.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?

    I'm in New England, rural, public, union.
     
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    OK.... back on topic, people!
     
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    We had free breakfast and massages today arranged by our school nurse. Amazing.
     
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    Quoting for the sake of unintentionally awkward/funny jumbling of words/letters by the phone...
     
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    Fat finger. Now edited.
     
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    The thing that stands out the most to me is the fact that you have a school nurse. I think we have one... somewhere... who's never on campus and is in charge of at least 10 schools or something... I mean, I've never met them, but I've heard there's a nurse somewhere...
     
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    They're becoming more and more visible here in CA. At one point (probably ten or so years ago), we only had 2 in the entire district. Now, every school in my district has a RN for 2.5 days/week.
     
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    That's shocking to me! Maybe I'll see one soon. I'm switching districts, so who knows? ;)
     
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    Conditions in the state of Indiana are rapidly deteriorating. Indiana is branding itself as a non-unionized source of cheap unskilled and semi-skilled labor, having declared an all-out war on unions and worker's rights a decade ago. I tell young people not to pursue a teaching career, but to do ANYTHING else, instead. I tell them that getting out of the state of Indiana is one of the best decisions they could ever make.

    How big are your classes? Are they capped?

    Classes are supposedly capped at 32 without instructional aides being present, but that is about to increase.

    How many instructional minutes do you have per week (minutes in front of a class)?

    I have well over 360 minutes a week. Most teachers have around 270, and never more than 150 at a single stretch.

    How much unencumbered prep time do you have per week?

    I have none. We are supposed to have 150 minutes per contract.

    How much time do you have for breaks, lunch, etc?

    On paper, I have 30 minutes, but that works out to 20-25, as I must move students around during my official lunch time.

    What kind of technology do you have access to in your classroom?

    We have Smart Boards, which are expensive but have a short life span. Most computers are still running Windows XP. Each building has WiFi, but our devices have largely been unable to connect to this network for some time. I had to buy the equipment I needed to teach with out of my own pocket.

    What supplies are provided, or what supply budget do you have?

    The state has a substantial amount of money set aside for the supplies needed for every student, but we are rarely allowed to access any of this. Where the money goes, I have no idea. We get some assistance from grants and Title 1. I've had to buy my own supplies out of pocket for years.

    What state are you in? Union or non-union?

    Indiana only allows for castrated unions. Unions are not allowed to bargain working conditions. It is illegal to pay teachers based on education or seniority. The state is currently testing mechanisms that will drop salaries to bare minimums, targeting the poorest districts first.

    What else did I leave out?

    It wasn't always like this. Teaching was a great profession, until a decade ago. Now, you can make more with just a high school diploma, but for a lucky few working in affluent districts. Even then, pay is unable to keep pace with inflation.
     
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