Hi, I am not in the usa, I teach Elementary, but I am tired of all the problems with our school's playground duties and all the teachers at meetings in our district have asked our 'boss' if we can do something about it. I am at a school which is bad at organisation, we have endless meetings and no real policies. We are a newish private school.
Help me help us to free up some time! Currently the teachers get prep time of 1.5hrs PER WEEK. That is all.
We seem to have no time in the normal day to prepare or plan and our lunch times are always gone so fast! We only have 2 breaks in a day. The first is a main lunch for 40mins and the second is for only 20mins! Bad yes- not long enough.
At my school, all staff do a 20minute duty everyday and I know that in many states in the us they have NOON AIDES or parents maybe who come in while the teachers get their hour lunch to themselves! GRRR. I want someone to do my duty and help me out!
How jealous was I the first time I read that on this board.
SO for it to be tried out etc (which I don't think I have a chance in convincing our Principal to trial it) WHAT happens with Noon aides?
* How is it managed?
* Is there a roster?
* Do they do both/ all eating and playing breaks?
* WHO are these aides- are they trained or are they parents?
* What about in First Aid?
* Is it a paid position- if so, how much and who funds it?
* What happens with accidents- legalities etc???
I don't really know how it would work. I know our Principal would say no, they maybe legalities... blah. yada. I mean, as teachers, we KNOW every kid and any medical issues etc and someone just coming in wouldn't so the kids might really act up on them- how is that handled by NOON AIDES??
Any help on how we could free up time in the day (if allowed) would be great. Is there anytime you have off to prepare or any good systems or strategies that your Principal has allowed your school staff?