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Old 05-05-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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Is it common not to have any real prep or collaboration time? Any prep time is before school. The earlier we come in, the more time we can prep. Do teachers usually get prep time during the day? We have no collaboration time - unless we want to plan during our 20 minutes of lunch. We have yard duty every day- both recess and lunch, and we have to be out with the P.E. teacher as well.
After school, I check email and grade. I have been doing a lot of work at home, but I am loosing my mind! I've read that I need to set boundaries; whatever doesn't get finished after an hour or so after school will get done another time...at school.

I don't want this to turn into a rant (too late?), so I just want to know if prep/collaboration time varies from school to school or is it normally provided? BTW, I work at a non-union charter school.


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I work for a band run school in Northern Alberta (non-union/not government funded - directly), but I do get prep time everyday. With that said, I know of schools in the neighboring school division (public and union) that are just too small to give teachers prep time. You teach your own PE and sometimes music or art. Like you these teachers (only 3 at the 1-6 school) prep on their own time, after or before school.
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I believe it's a state law that we get 30 minutes duty free a day to eat lunch. Our contract gives us 5 prep periods a week, preferably one a day, but it doesn't need to be. 4 prep periods are 45 minutes and one is 30 minutes. They can be eaten up by meetings, but not usually. I hate when I have meetings and miss my prep - it puts me so far behind!
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At least around here charter schools get less money per student than public school (they get the state chunk but not the local chunk) so they are always looking for ways to cut costs.

The bad charters here don't give preps or have extended school day yet you only get one prep.

The good charters realize to get good test scores you have to treat teachers somewhat humanely. The one I worked for was one of the better ones and we actually had 3 forty minute periods of non-student time per day. There were 9 periods and everyone taught or had duty 6 of them.

I teach in a public school now and it's better in a million ways. Start job hunting.

Btw- unless the gym teacher is trying to teach gym to 75 kids at once that is beyond ridiculous.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:22 PM
 
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I really think it depends on your location.

I student taught in two different districts where my CTs had literally no prep time. They also had duty pretty much every week. The duties rotated - before school, recess, after school bus duty, etc. There were NO specialist teachers.

Now I work at a charter, and I have way more prep time than my CTs did in the public districts. I don't teach art, music, or PE.

So it's not always a question of charter vs. public. It's really a school by school or district by district difference. And states vary widely as well. My state (CA) seems to have far less prep time in general than other states, at least at the elementary level.


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Old 05-21-2014, 04:38 AM
 
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The only during school hours prep we get at my small, non Title 1 school is one recess that they made 20 minutes long (4 times a week) and the 2 PE sessions each week. Of course, not much prep gets done during recess because first you have to run to the bathroom and then you have to get ready for whatever comes next (usually science which takes some set up normally). Forgot to mention that I have recess duty for 2 of those recess times.

We get collaboration time usually during our lunches, when we meet once a week just to talk. It isn't the best, but it is better than nothing. It does make you jealous of those schools that get a prep period every day, doesn't it?
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:59 AM
 
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We technically get a 30 minute prep period everyday but by the time we take them and pick them up, that is really only about 20 minutes. We also have to go to lunch with our students and supervise them while attempting to eat our own lunch. That is the worst part of my whole day.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:58 PM
 
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I am a recent graduate and during my student teaching, I stayed until about 5 to plan for the next day because I never enjoyed coming in too early. I also planned for 45 minutes while students were in special area, and I met with the other teachers every Thursday while students were in special area to plan for the next week. It's different for each school and grade depending on their schedule. I did set boundaries for myself. I told myself that classroom work is to be done in the classroom and my separate college work for my portfolio is to only be done at home. My student teaching semester was when I really managed my time well.
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Old 06-19-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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We have a 1hr prep everyday. On top of that we have 30 min. common planning time each Mon.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:26 AM
 
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The bad charters here don't give preps or have extended school day yet you only get one prep.

The good charters realize to get good test scores you have to treat teachers somewhat humanely. The one I worked for was one of the better ones and we actually had 3 forty minute periods of non-student time per day. There were 9 periods and everyone taught or had duty 6 of them.

Unfortunately for me, I am not in the public sector yet. I wish I had done more research about the school I chose to work for.

I get no prep time unless I choose to come in 2 hours early and stay 2 hours late.
I was told that teachers would have a 40 minute prep time 3 days a week during the student's resource but the resource teachers were constantly calling out. The last 2 months of school I had no prep time at all, just my 30 minute lunch break. I couldn't eat at this time because I was using it to catch up on work.

What's worse is that our school does not have a substitute pool so when teachers call out, the children get split amongst the grade level.


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Old 06-26-2014, 12:10 PM
 
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I was at a bad charter, it would seem! No subs, so the kids are split up. No prep time unless you come in early or stay late. If you come in early, you may end up being asked to monitor the yard because Admin isn't there. Admin wanted as few parents as possible on campus, so we had little parental help with lunches and yard duty.
Anyway, I had to leave- hopefully I will find something better. I should say, I hope I find something. Anything will be better. If I taught there for another year, I would become disillusioned with teaching.
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