Mom's who teach elementary age kids; I taught high school before having kids and am now interested in possible getting a credential for the younger grades. Any idea how rigorous the hours are in comparison? I worked about 50-60 hours a week teaching highschool and cannot do this and raise a family. Opinions?

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Dawn - posted on 10/07/2012

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I have taught for 22 years. I went from high school to kindergarten. It is DOUBLE the work. You also have duties, more conferences, and a lot more to prepare. I love it but it is a ton of work.

Jennifer - posted on 08/23/2012

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when I taught high schoool my workday was generally 7a.m.-5pm. Sounds like longer hours than what I'm hearing. Contrary to what I hear here I couldn't just prep and grade while my students worked quietly on their assignments. If you have worked with teens then you know that the temptations to be social outweigh their self discipline to do work when asked. If only it were that easy:)

Cathy - posted on 08/23/2012

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Last school year I moved from high school to middle school. I find that I am spending about 3 more hours a week an plans, grading and paperwork (I teach special education). My day is 'officially' 7:45 - 2:50, but I generally work 7:00 - 3:45. As a general rule I don't bring work home with me, so I have a working lunch each day. I also have 2 children - both of whom are active in sports, and my husband travels often for work.

Marielba - posted on 08/13/2012

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I teach elementary- -3rd grade. As much as I try not to stay after school, I end up staying at least 3-4 times a week for at least 40 minutes, sometimes it's 1 1/2 hours. I do bring home tests and work to grade, usually writing assignments, or projects. I check HW at school. I am lucky I work at an early school, so I get in at 7, and out at 2:15. Add to that the extra hour and a half, and I still have a pretty early day. I have learned over the years to do my lesson plans at school so I don't have that in addition to everyting else I have to do at home. I have one 40 minute prep, and one 1/2 hour lunch during the day, and i have to be in school 15 minutes before the kids come in. That adds up to about 45 hours a week. this is in NY

Deanna - posted on 07/22/2012

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Based on my time verses some of my friends who teach older kids....I spend more time at school or at least I bring more work home. My school day is 7:45-2:15 and I am there most days 7-4:30, then always bring work home. Your first few years will seem overwhelming and you'll be very very tired but it will get better after that. Some of it depends on the age...I've taught 1st-3rd and in the lower grades they have a hard time doing much independently, I literally never sit down unless I'm doing reading groups etc. Were as in 5th or 6th you could have them read a chapter with a parter then do the questions etc and use that 20 min to do your "work". The other other advice I'd give....my kids are 8, 6 & 3 and their behaviors are the same as the kids I teach, which means many days I'm not as patient with them as I should be. BTW I live in Arizona...this is my 12th year teaching.

Tina - posted on 07/09/2012

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Hi! I am not sure what state you are in, but I teach in CT. From what I hear from others who teach high school, we have MORE work on the elementary levels and LESS time in school to do it (less prep time). I do have 2 kids (6 and 7 years old) and it does work out but I have a very flexible and supportive husband. I absolutely love my job but if you are thinking about doing it to lessen the workload, it won't. Good luck!

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