Another thread got me thinking about this: It is obvious that there are many hard-working teachers who put an extraordinary amount of time (well over their contracted hours) into providing quality educational experiences for their students. But I wondered--what would happen if we only worked our contracted hours? Let's say an "imaginary timer" is set for your contracted hours, and at the end of that time, you MUST stop doing schoolwork: no planning, no grading, no looking for ideas on educational websites, etc. What would/could you cut out of your work week? How would this affect your classes? Coaches and activity moderators, leave your extra-curriculars out of the mix--let's just think in terms of the classroom and the educational experiences you provide there. Also, how would this affect your school if every teacher in the building did this? Let's pretend that administrators would not expect you to work more than those contracted hours, but would simply accept that you "put in your time efficiently." What differences would you see in your school as a whole?