How supportive is your union? In my district, we have a contracted number of planning minutes for all teachers. No teacher can be treated differently because of the subject she teaches, and you better believe we file grievances about stuff like this all the time.
My first year at the current school where I teach a counselor wanted me to use my planning to attend a meeting about a special ed student. She didn't ask me ahead of time, just scheduled the meeting and put a note in my mailbox. This meeting happened to be two days before grades were due, and the day of a yearbook deadline and I needed my planning time so I didn't go to the meeting. She called me and asked if I was coming and I told her no, and she threw a fit because my absence made "her" meeting illegal. I reminded her that my contracts says that I don't have to attend any meeting during my planning. There were no repercussions. In fact, our principal has much more respect for me that he does for this counselor (who has since decided counseling is not for her). Don't be afraid to speak up for yourself because nobody else will.
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To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 10:24 AM
Subject: school sched, plan/conf. periods?
Hello and thanks so much to all of you, and Michal and Judy. I'm new to site and it has meant the world to me to have a connection and get feedback. Only my
second year and want to "pay it forward" asap.
I wondered what typical school MS sched. were for some of you. Weve gone to an 8 period day, core teachers with 2 periods off and electives with only 1, 45min
planning. Was at a yearbook training conf. one teacher in our district says that
she thinks that could be against the law or somthing. (unless we are paid more)
I know I should just be thankful I have a job! But am really getting stressed over,
since I have yearbook class as well (and a special ed class is foating in my room my one conf. period!!!).
I reallize probably won't be a change this year and I need to get my attitude in gear, but can at least plan on speaking to someone
about next year. I know I will get to in-service and find that there are other electives
with 2 periods off at our school, and that will really stink!!! since band is always
favored and we all know art is the favored elective!:) (my classes are very full)
THanks, sorry to be so PO'ed! It will really cool me down to hear others have similar schedules. Is that wierd?? Yes. Deborah