Several of us pre-service teachers are wondering what we can expect in our first years of teaching.
I've been tracking my hours this year (we use the AET and the Teacher Journal function on there is COOL STUFF!!!), and outside the 40 hours per week (regular teaching contract), I'm averaging about 6.9 hours per week (mornings, evenings, weekends, etc) since July 1, 2012. We are JUST approaching to CDE/application/convention season in Iowa, so I'd guess that average will increase a bit in the next two months.
All depends on you. The first few years I spent inordinant amounts of time, but I had inordinant amounts of time on my hands.
Did I mention I was 250 feet - apartment door to ag room door - for two years and then moved CLOSER for my third year!?!?
Now, I spend far less time and have modified my goals and expectations to fit my situation. Plus after a few years of experience, you find a lot of efficiencies in the way that you do things which help.
The first few years are the toughest as you find your 'groove'. It's also the best* time (*my assumption) where you can GIVE lots of time because of your station in life.
FWIW, JMO, ICBW - ME
I bought the farm next door to school and LOVE it. So much more time to spend at home and much less stress trying to take care of a greenhouse!
Depends on the time of year as well. Last week? Less than five. This week? Five to ten. April? About 35.
As stated, tracking time is a GREAT habit to get into, for professional and personal reasons, and as you get more efficient hours will change. Of course all those hours spent prepping for classes the first year or two may become hours spent in FFA/SAE instead...
Totally agree with the last comment. I worked 75 hours last week (and my student teacher was planning 5 of my 7 classes)! But in November I might go a week with no FFA hours at all. August to January aren't bad but February starts the end of the year madness for me.
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