How many hours a week do you typically work above and beyond the regular teaching day?
- 04/22/2011 05:52
It is the same in the international school setting. If I have students for a 55 minute period, I am engaged with them for 54 of those precious minutes. "Prep" time is taken with administrivia tasks and rarely used for it's intended purpose and so I haul things home for the evening. School for us begins early as well so getting to bed by 10 is a challenge when there is always so much to do. Since student learning is my focus I do all I can to help them be successful, hence the long hours without monetary rewards etc. Tell me again what business model this is???
- 04/20/2011 12:29
I, too, wake at 4:30 although my day starts with "morning duty" --standing in a strategic hallway--at 7:25 and although school ends at 2:45, there are students who come for extra tutoring after school, meetings, etc. Plus, since I teach ESL, in a poor rural community, there are a lot of social work aspects to the job along with mounds of paperwork. The latest I have stayed is 7pm (not counting meetings), but I could easily make it midnight. I don't because I have a 2-1/2 hour drive rt, or I crawl off to a local motel for the night. I go to sleep around 9pm, but I have gotten up as early as 2 am to work on lesson plans and handouts (I, too, have multiple preps in the same class due to different levels of ability.), I typiclally spend 5 hours or more on lesson plans on weekends. And in my state, DPI has lots of CEU demands.
- 04/18/2011 04:23
I work at least 25-30 hours in addition to my 40 hour week. I am the only English teacher at an alternative school. So, I have six different curricula and sometimes more with independent studies.
- 04/17/2011 18:42
It usually takes me 2 - 4 hours to prepare for a 1.5 hour lesson. But from some of the other comments I`ve read it looks like I have it easy considering I work for myself and only do 15 hours of classes a week.
- 04/17/2011 18:21
My day begins at 4:30 am EVERYDAY---our school hours are from 7:15am to 5:00pm--after 5 I have tutorials, parent meetings and/or department meetings--the latest I have left my classroom is 9pm. Once home - I am reading and/or reviewing lesson plans preparing again for the next day or grading papers and transferring those grades into the gradebook. The lastest that I have gone to bed--3am--with one hour of sleep. THIS IS FOR REAL!!!