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Re: [teacherartexchange] Class load and prep periods


From: Gayle Parent (gayleparent_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 14 2010 - 08:05:59 PDT

Yes, I have numbers as high as thirty, plus 4-5 kids from the ED
program who may be autistic or otherwise emotionally disturbed. They
come with an aide. I just learned that we have added a kindergarten
teacher, and that means that I will now have one and one third
classes of kindergarteners at one time. That is not good news. I
love them, but 30 kinders at a time is not a great idea.

On Aug 12, 2010, at 5:33 PM, Lin Altman wrote:

> Right now, I have 6 elementary classes a day. 4 of the 6 classes
> are a class and a third, meaning I have as many as 30 students in a
> class. Does anyone else have these high numbers?
> Lin
> On Aug 12, 2010, at 8:46 AM, Karen Mitchell wrote:
>> In Texas, the state requires that each teacher have a minimum of
>> 45 minutes of duty-free prep time every day (or 225 minutes a
>> week, divided differently). On my high school campus, we have
>> negotiated to have 2 prep periods every day, but we may be
>> assigned a duty during one of the prep periods. This usually
>> happens a few months before our state-mandated testing, when
>> students are pulled out of electives and specials to receive extra
>> tutoring from math/science/english teachers.
>> As far as I know, there are no regulations regarding the number of
>> different preps one teacher can have. In my department, one
>> teacher has 8 different preps and another has 5. I have 2.
>> -Karen Mitchell
>> Pasadena High School
>> Pasadena, TX
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