No planning time

Megan - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Does anyone else get frustrated that you either don't get a planning time, or when it is your planning time, you have meetings/parent conferences/teachers needing you, etc...?

Shouldn't we be allowed a few minutes a day to help us prepare to do our jobs and help the students be successful? Why are we expected to do so much on our "own time"?

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Janice - posted on 02/02/2009

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I'm in DODD's and we do get more planning time than I had in the states but really, it's not enough by the time the kids stop by at lunch to work on the computer or whatever - Still, it does make a difference. - I have 3 classes that I need to prepare for (every other day as we're on a block schedule and I get from 11:30 - 12:45 - which also coincides with the 8th grade lunch. I teach an advanced class so my kids to try when they aren't getting it, so I cannot complain if they come in at lunch - or even after school - but we really do need to be able to leave school at a reasonable time. Our school (middle) closes at 2:55 so I really do have it a lot better over her in Germany than I did in Texas (6 periods a day until 3:50 pm and only 1 45 minute period for conference/prep. ) I guess it also depends on how many different classes you teach... In Texas I taught 7th grade SS every class, so really only had one prep - here I have 3 different classes and I'm responsible for the 8th grade ESL students who are in all the core classes and I have to go in with them. In theory, I have 80 minutes per day to do that but they are all in different classes. I do have to say that the Union (I just joined for the first time in my career) really are very active - even as we approach Terra Nova (standardized testing week) they are very aware that elective teachers and core subject teachers get the same workload, even though the schedule is topsy turnvy. (They tried to tell the electives to prep in their lunch period - it took one day for that schedule to be "reassessed" - Did you know that many countries limit the number of hours a teacher can spend in front of children? 20 - 24 hours is the max in Europe and I think also in Japan - the rest is for communal and individual planning.... I worked in an IB school last year in Texas and they had a lot more team planning time...as part of the IB program (and because the district had spend a fortune on Schlechty...



But I think you're right to bring this issue to the fore front - we cannot teach without a decent amount of prep time..

User - posted on 02/01/2009

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Quoting Megan:

No planning time

Does anyone else get frustrated that you either don't get a planning time, or when it is your planning time, you have meetings/parent conferences/teachers needing you, etc...?

Shouldn't we be allowed a few minutes a day to help us prepare to do our jobs and help the students be successful? Why are we expected to do so much on our "own time"?


Megan, I always say i am going to get caught up and ahead on the week end and then refuse to do any thing till Sunday because i want to be a wife and mom on my time and spend it with my family.  Then i am kicking myself because i have to much to do.  It never ends.  I have been at two schools, part time spec. ed. at both so it has been double the work.  Hopefully there will be some relief.  My case load grew to full time numbers at one school and will begin full time there this week. 



 



 

Kim - posted on 01/31/2009

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We had it put in our contract through our union that we get one prep period a day with uninterrupted time. That means that if a meeting is scheduled during that time, you may refuse to go. Also, we have in our contracts late Wednesdays. This means that we stay after school on Wednesdays to do our child study team meetings, as well as grade level meetings for administrative things. Everyone plans around the late wednesdays, this way we know we have that time coming and most meetings that need to take place can take place then. Our school district is also looking into having early dismissals next year (about 10 a year) to allow resource teachers and teachers to collaborate on students. (When else do we have the time to do so?) This would give teachers a chance to do their work during the school day. A novel idea, but one that is being considered. We are lucky in CT, because administrators do see the value of planning time and giving teachers more time to do administrative work. We did have to get our union involved though. May be something to consider??

Monica - posted on 01/29/2009

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This may be helpful or not, but I get to work at 7:30 and leave at 4:30. I have 30 minutes in the morning and an hour after school to prep and/ or tutor. My husband and I have found a great sitter that we feel comfortable with. The time we spend after school and on weekends is so precious.

Tanya - posted on 01/28/2009

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I am with you. We have "collaborative planning" at least once a week. We can't even leave on our planning to get thing that have to do with our lessons. This is nuts. I am Louisiana and obviously we are not the only ones having issues.

Megan - posted on 01/28/2009

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Kelly, it was so nice to have someone else vent :-) Thanks!! I get one 20 min planning time a week and my lunch is only 15 mins. So in that time I have to try to eat, use the restroom, and respond to parent emails. And people wonder why teachers burn out...I agree that without enough time to properly plan we are unable to do more hands-on activities and resort to more seat work. It's not fair that with every other job, people can leave their work at "work" and can enjoy their evening with their children. Teachers..oh no..we have to do our work at home and our families suffer. Yet, with a proper planning time (that isn't constantly interrupted) we could do our job and have less to bring home.

Kathie - posted on 01/28/2009

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AMEN! We are expected to do hall duty in the morning and afternoon (goodbye planning time) and during resources we are expected to plan with other teachers. When do I have my time? During lunch! I would much rather eat with my peers, but I need to weigh what is more important to me my own children or grading papers when I get home. I choose my own children. With budget cuts due to the economy it is not going to get any better.

Kelly - posted on 01/28/2009

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This is a huge issue at my school. I teach middle school so I am a little lucky because we get two planning periods but I also teach 4 subjects so you do the math. My other team mate and I were talking about this the other day and we counted up how many "planning periods" we had actually had since school started back and in 3 weeks time it was 3. Our district has also gone to collegial planning each week which is basically where the principal sits in on our department planning a weeks worth of lessons and listing all the core content and learning standards and bellringers and exit slips. She really doesn't care about the lesson only if the standards are being covered. how does she know this... she highlights them in a giant notebook. What is this seriously doing for the kids? I teach science and can't do any fun labs because I don't have a planning period to set them up. We also find ourselves giving a bit more seat work than we had because we have no time to grade and with the new programs that give parents instant access to grades, don't get me started.... In other words, I totally agree with your post!!! Thanks for letting me vent.

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