|When the end of October and the beginning of November roll around, every teacher knows it is one of the hardest times of the year. Multiple Fridays off means more behaviors to deal with on top of all of the professional development, grading, and conferences–when does it end? Throw in the Daylight Savings time transition, and it can feel particularly challenging. What do you do for yourself during those times? How do you cope?|
Make Sure You Are Getting Your Prep Time
Basic guidelines for prep time are below. Please see Article 18(A) and Article 18(B) in the certified contract for more comprehensive information.
Elementary School: a minimum of 390 minutes per 5-day student week, with 150 minutes within the student day in no less than 30-minute increments, and 240 minutes outside of the student contact day wherein a minimum of 20 minutes constitutes preparation time, as well as five days of substitute time per school year. 60 minutes of prep time outside of the student day can be used for IEP meetings.
Middle School: 450 minutes over a two (2) week period or ten (10) consecutive student days, within the student day.
High School: an average of 55-60 minutes daily, within the student day.
Elementary Non-Classroom Teachers and Special Education: a minimum of 390 minutes per 5-day student week, with 150 minutes within the student day in no less than 30-minute increments, and 240 minutes outside of the student contact day wherein a minimum of 20 minutes constitutes preparation time, as well as a minimum of 150 preparation minutes weekly during the student day. Special education teachers, Title I teachers, and ELL teachers may request extra release time due to workload.
Elementary Specialists: a minimum of 390 minutes per 5-day student week, with 150 minutes within the student day in no less than 30-minute increments, and 240 minutes outside of the student contact day wherein a minimum of 20 minutes constitutes preparation time. Additionally: a minimum of 45 minutes during the school day. Prep time shall not be reduced by travel.
That said, it is up to you to protect it. It can be tempting to take on other things that may interfere with that prep time, but during months like October and November–and April, too, if we’re honest–it is especially important to hang on to it.
Take Care of You
Everyone’s heard about self-care. But what are some small, easy things a teacher can do to make sure they are healthy and whole? It’s not easy to be a teacher these days, and there is no denying that there is an expectation in the profession that teachers put everyone else first–besides themselves. Unfortunately, that isn’t good for you or your students. Take a look at this list to get some ideas if you are struggling to think of some ways to rejuvenate and recuperate.
Ultimately, we’ve all been there. We’ve all been the overwhelmed teacher who is crying in their car at the end of the day. If that’s you, please talk to someone. The association is always here, from building reps on up. The office phone is 541-967-7113, and someone is typically here from 8:30-4:30. If we’re not, leave a voicemail, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
Join us for drinks and a relaxing time at No Rails on November 21st at 4pm. Snacks are on the association. It is a fun time to socialize with other teachers around the district in a low-key, low pressure environment. Come hang out!
Governance Council, 11/6, 4:30pm, UniServ office
School Board Meeting, 11/18, 7pm, District Office