Extra duties. Yeah. Teach at a private boarding/day school, grades
6-12. My schedule is MUCH easier this year than last, but I'm still
We have a rotating schedule of 6 classes per day, 1 planning period.
(I'm head of the Arts Dept and most Dept Heads just teach 4 classes per
day; I teach 5.)
I teach one period of middle school kids (in 4 rotations), Art I and
then "Advanced Art" (Art II-IV who are basically lumped together as
advanced art). All of my classes are a mix of Art I and Advanced. I
also have one Independent Study in Graphic Design, but this is a
misnomer, in that this is my yearbook editor. We have no designated
class for yearbook so we try to link up daily to discuss what we need to
work on and then he works on it during his class period and I work at
night at home. Every night. Not sure we're going to make our March 4
deadline...yikes! Last year and this coming year I'll have AP students
in the mix, too.
I also am responsible for the school's website. Last year I was also
involved in drama, with the big winter production (involving 1/3 of our
student body) the same week as the yearbook deadline. Said I couldn't
sign my contract for this year with everything included (yearbook,
website and drama) so drama was dropped for this year. Hallelujah.
Most teachers also do "duty" one night per week until 11:30 and then
every 5th weekend, given that we're a boarding school. And for all this
(Curriculum Committee, Dept. Head, middle-high school teacher, advisor
to 6 students--no duty free lunch, we eat with our advisees every
day--yearbook, website, etc.) I earn far less than a FIRST YEAR public
school teacher. At times I ask myself why I'm doing this (and may not
be able to afford to teach here much longer) but the academic freedom
and small class size so far makes it worth it.