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How long do you spend creating lesson plans?
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I've been teaching preK for 6 years and I still find myself searching for different things to do and I spend upwards of four dedicated hours a week creating a half day weekly lesson plan. I'm wondering if it takes everyone as long as it takes me to do this.

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You are not alone, I spend many hours lesson planning and looking up ideas/resources for my classroom! I'm an ECSE teacher so I do not have kids on Friday and it's my time to write IEP's, have IEP meetings, and plan. Even with all that time, I find myself working at home or after school for several hours. I enjoy looking at websites and different books to get ideas...so I am okay with spending that much time!
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You are not alone at all. This is my 11th year teaching and I still spend time searching our new ideas or flipping throgh a mailbox magazine. i spend less time now then I did at the begining but defentily a couple of hours a week.
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I also spend about 4-5 hours per week planning. I have a classroom para, so she helps with prepping some materials, as much as she had time to do at school.

I don't mind spending the time.. what I have a problem with is when the director comes in and decides she has other plans for my class one day, when I have already taken the time to do all that planning!
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:52 AM
 
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Thanks ladies. I was wondering if it should be easier at this point since my program only gives me a few prep hours weekly. Of course I realize how much unpaid time all educators put in but I didn't know if I was expecting something that wasn't possible.


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Old 10-03-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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I spend about 4 - 5 hours a week also. There is always something that needs a little tune-up or needs to be changed to fit the class.

kiwilemon - I have the same problem with my director! Glad to hear I am not the only one!
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