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Friday, January 04, 2008

Where's our prep time?

Alas, today is a very depressing time for many teachers, at least throughout the local area. This is the last week day that we have off before returning to class. The kids don't return until next Tuesday, but we have to report back to school on Monday.

The problem is that Monday is not a teacher preparation day. I just learned this yesterday from a fellow teacher. I knew that we would be having some meetings on Monday, but I figured we would also have several hours to work in our classrooms. This is necessary, as we usually return from break to find that all of the furniture in our rooms has been rearranged for the purpose of cleaning the floors.

But according to one of my other friends, who is on my school's leadership team, Monday is strictly a staff development day, devoted to nothing but staff meetings and seminars. January 22, on the other hand, is the designated teacher preparation day. January 22 is a Tuesday, immediately following Martin Luther King Jr. Day which is a no-school Monday.

So two weeks AFTER we return from Winter Break, we get a day to rearrange our classroom and get our papers in order.

It's just nice to know that the district has its priorities in order.

Well, time for me to get out of here and go decorate my Christmas tree and string up the lights on my house!


kontan said...

What? You expect them to do the sensible thing? How long have you been teaching?

Have a good start :)

Anonymous said...

Does your district site based committee have any power? A couple of years ago our teachers on the committee brought up the same problem. We know have 1/2 campus inservice day and 1/2 workday on the first day back from winter break. We also had a 1/2 work day before we left.

Anonymous said...

ahhh, you must understand our district has 300-odd schools in it, no one has any power.