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How many "extras" are you expected to do?
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Just curious, other than teaching, lesson planning, etc, how many extra events (outside school hours), activities, clubs, etc happen in your school and how many are you expected to play an active role in?



What age range do you teach (elem., midde, high)?


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Very few.
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I teach 4th grade. I'm expected to do duty one morning a week, and that's it.
We have lots of clubs and other activities, but they are optional.
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At the moment: two Meet the Teacher night and Curriculum Fair.
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Crazy duties and Requirements
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We are required to do four duties each day. We all have a morning bus duty, recess duty, lunch duty and an afternoon duty. Then we are required to attend 4 data team meetings a month and 4 team meetings per month. We are also required to attend six after or before school activities assigned by the Principal. It is nuts and takes a great deal of time. I teach in a regular second grade classroom.
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I have 1 full day duty, morning, recess, carpool, one lunch duty, STEAM night, and Reading night. We also have meet the teacher and open house after “hours”.


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Old 02-08-2019, 06:18 PM
 
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The only things we are expected to do are back to school night and academic showcase (an open house), plus I'm in kinder so we have kinder orientation as well. Lots of things happen but they are all voluntary. We don't have any duties, either.
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We all have before or after school duty twice per week for about 15 minutes.

There is a staff meeting for an hour after our normal contract hours 2x monthly.

We are required to meet for PLC biweekly one hour before contract time in the mornings. Right now, this is paid, but only because we have a grant. I'd bet my entire salary that once the grant is up this will become an unpaid requirement.

Up until very recently, we all were required to be on at least one committee that met for an hour in the mornings before contract time 1x monthly. Admin went to some retreat last week, came back and said she'd learned to not spend time on things that weren't supporting our mission/vision, and these committees didn't seem to be doing that so they were cancelled effective immediately. I'd love to hear the rest of that story.

Our contract states that we will do "three for free" evening activities throughout the year. This includes Math and Science night, school carnival, literacy night, etc. Many teachers will just go to all of them anyway because they feel like it makes them look bad to parents if they're not there.

This year, we got a grant to do after school clubs and tutoring. I am tutoring and the money is excellent, so it's totally worth it for me. It's voluntary and I'd say only about 20% of our staff participates. In previous years, a few teachers in the building ran after school clubs/activities for free . This was voluntary of course.
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We have to attend Back To School Night for about an hour at the beginning of the school year. Other than that we are not required to do anything outside of contract hours. I teach 3rd grade.
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Outside school hours? Nothing outside contract hours is mandatory, except Meet the Teacher (the day before the first day) and Curriculum Night (when we explain what we are teaching), but you can totally leave early and come back to make it up.


Reading this thread makes me realize again how lucky I am. I teach K, but this is relevant to K-5 at my school.
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:55 PM
 
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Middle School
  • work 3 to 4 ballgame gates
  • morning duty for a couple of months a year
  • PLC meeting once a week
  • parent conferences once a year
  • open house once a year
  • 8th grade promotion ceremony

Other things are voluntary or paid positions.


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Third grade- but all grades in my school are the same.

WE have 3 duties a week and we can choose them and swap them with others. the choices are between morning/arrival duty, recess duty or dismissal duty.

We must attend 1 evening of conferences and one evening of back to school night and one evening of open house night.

Other events are not mandatory but I do feel very pressured to attend: harvest carnival, and winterfest.

Other events that are optional and paid are literacy night, family steam night, and one other parent information night. We also have the option of teaching after school intervention and we are paid 40 an hour-still most dont opt to do it.

We have committees but most are very little responsibility (like 1-2 hours a year) some a re a bigger responsibility but they are voluntary stipend paid leadership positions.
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Old 02-09-2019, 03:34 AM
 
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All elementary teachers in our school grades K-4.

During the school day:
Duties: 2-3 weekly

After school:
Meet the Teacher Night
Family Learning Night
Parent/teacher Conferences-2x yearly (3:30-9:00 p.m.)
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:26 AM
 
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High School, all unpaid

These are required:

Lunch duty weekly--25 min
Bus duty weekly--25 min
2 parent nights--about 1.5 hours each
5 sports game ticket collecting--about 2 to 2.5 hours each
Chaperone prom or winter formal--4 hours but we can get comp time
Graduation--1.5 hours
Someone in the department has to do 8th grade orientation--2 hours and senior awards--2 hours

Yeah, so I about want to punch someone every time they talk about how much it means to our students to go to their athletic games and school plays and concerts. I get it but I have my own family.
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:59 AM
 
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* Meet the teacher night
* 3-5 Spring concert
* We are "strongly" encouraged to help at the spring Peter Pan fair the PTA runs each year.

Our P/T conferences are after school hours (until 7:30 at night) but we get comp time for those.
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Old 02-09-2019, 05:56 AM
 
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This is making me release that I'm not crazy for thinking my school is ridiculous in their expectations!



-We're averaging one evening event a month (almost every month and some months more). Not everyone "has" to be there, but for some we do, and there's pressure to be there.

-Staff meetings twice a month that run well past contract time.
-A multitude of clubs and such that meet before or after school (and contract time) run by teachers on a "volun-told" basis.
-Back to school night and meet the teacher night.
-2 Saturday events in the year (one of which might as well be mandatory)

-Probably other things that I'm not thinking of now.



There's ALWAYS something going on! On top of that we're told that some of us aren't doing our jobs because we're not doing enough. None of these extras are paid .
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We have one event that we are required to be at each year. There are other evening/after school functions that parents like to see teachers at, but no one is required to attend. You can get bonus points on your eval for attending them, though.

Truthfully, I think all the events and activities held at schools are ridiculous anyway. No wonder people are running around like chickens with their heads cut off and DON'T have time to read newsletters and notes from teachers. They are too busy trying to get the next school festival set up, or working on science fair projects, or preparing the next school fundraiser....

Stop the madness is what I say.
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Old 02-09-2019, 10:48 AM
 
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2 evening events
1 yard duty per day
And 20 more duty hours for the year. This is for committee meetings and events for families.

Teachers are burdened with extra shizzle ..so much so we don't have time to organize and resist the destruction of the profession.

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Conferences after teaching?
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It looks like some of you conference after a full day of teaching. If so, that makes for a long day! I have a bunch of conferences (typically for between 48-55 students) and I try to fit them in between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. I do get one full day without students for conferences and another added due to the number of students. The others I do here and there when I can fit them in.
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Right now the elementary teachers with exception of 5th and 6th grade have lunchroom duty. Admin is trying to work it now so that next year the teachers will have to do playground duty.

Last year HS teachers had a rotating duty for lunch....we could get a free lunch though, but lunches were not always what you might want. This year we don't have that.

We have 2 P/T conferences a year 4-7p.m.,

No staff meetings really as Supt/Principal refuses to meet with the staff. (At his meetings no one is allowed to talk, but him) He tried to schedule one in the morning, but union filed a ULP, which he went around complaining about.

I know one teacher that has to go to a lot of the games and activities to take pictures for the yearbook...all unpaid time of course
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Admin is trying to work it now so that next year the teachers will have to do playground duty.

Who is doing recess duty now? Every teacher, aide, admin, and support staff have cafeteria and playground duties at my school.
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We have a guaranteed duty-free lunch.
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I work at an elementary school.

We are required to:
  • Attend Bi-weekly staff meetings (although these do get canceled if there isn't anything to discuss)
  • Attend Bi-weekly PLC meetings (these are usually with our resource teachers, counselor, etc)
  • Do daily arrival/dismissal duty (car riders, bus riders, walkers, classroom duty, etc)
  • Our recess duties are shared with teammates...for my team, this works out to be doing a recess duty daily (one recess is 30 minutes, the other is 15)
  • 5 after school activities ON TOP of conferences (we have a ton of after school activities, and this requirement is the one that really irritates me because our turnout at these events isn't great because there are so many)
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It looks like some of you conference after a full day of teaching. If so, that makes for a long day!
During our twice per year conferences, Wednesday is a full teaching day with conferences from 4-8, Thursday is just conferences 8-8, and Friday is a day off as a "comp day" for the evening hours worked. I really like our schedule. My two previous schools had them in the evenings from 4-8 after full teaching days on a Tuesday and Thursday, and the comp day was some other totally unrelated time, which made for a really rough week. My first district claimed the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was the comp day, which was totally cheating IMO because not one district around here has school that day anyway.

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Who is doing recess duty now?
Paras do all of the lunch/recess duties at my school.
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Admin is trying to work it now so that next year the teachers will have to do playground duty.

Who is doing recess duty now? Every teacher, aide, admin, and support staff have cafeteria and playground duties at my school

The Elementary Secretary has always done playground duty.
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We are expected to be at 4 conference nights (1 each quarter) from 4-7pm and open house from 5-8pm at the beginning of the year. My school also has a freshman transition night that we are encouraged to go to if we teach freshman. I don't teach a freshman class so I don't go.
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The Elementary Secretary has always done playground duty.
I'm guessing you are at a much smaller school than mine. We have 4 people on duty for each recess, which is an hour a day for every grade level, K-5. There's no way to supervise all those recesses without teachers doing it, too. We all have five 15 minutes duties a week.
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all unpaid...
recess duty daily
morning duty one week a month
staff meetings weekly
team lead meetings monthly
another management meeting monthly
minimum of six family events a year (there are about twelve offered)
meet the teacher night
open house in fall and spring
parent conferences
anything else as needed/ called
PLC meetings 2x per month
be on at least two committees

elementary school
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