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Old 07-28-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Whoville....
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We are on a trimester system but don't really have breaks between them (one day) but our summers are pretty short (mid June-Tuesday after Labor Day). It hardly seems like summer has gotten going here because of the cool June and the blasting hot July we have had. . In our old district our kids were out around Memorial Day and by Aug 1st they were ready to go back-but still had a month left. We tried to do our vacations in August as much as possible back then. Now the kids are in marching band and summer is "over" for them as they have band every day now--but they have a blast and all their friends are in band so they don't care.

I would like to see June and July off, go back early August and have a week break between trimesters and less single days off during the year. We could travel more, etc. during those off weeks.
I could live with that. I hate single days off, in the middle of quarters, because all it does is disrupt the flow of teaching. I swear, when there is a day off coming up, the kids check out a week in advance in anticipation of the break. I'd much rather have normal 5 day weeks and then take a week off AFTER grades post. I HATE coming back from two weeks off at Christmas to two weeks before semester exams. We really need to start in August so that the Christmas break is AFTER exams (this is a pet peeve of mine. BECAUSE the semester ends three weeks after break, we're in review mode for the first two weeks back. I think I should be teaching new material that first week but I can't.)
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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I could live with that. I hate single days off, in the middle of quarters, because all it does is disrupt the flow of teaching. I swear, when there is a day off coming up, the kids check out a week in advance in anticipation of the break. I'd much rather have normal 5 day weeks and then take a week off AFTER grades post. I HATE coming back from two weeks off at Christmas to two weeks before semester exams. We really need to start in August so that the Christmas break is AFTER exams (this is a pet peeve of mine. BECAUSE the semester ends three weeks after break, we're in review mode for the first two weeks back. I think I should be teaching new material that first week but I can't.)
Our old district had a late start Monday once/month and I LOVED that. It eliminated all the "in-service" days and we pretty much only had time off at holidays and teacher convention days. It was really nice. They also got out of school almost a month before most of the state.

With our trimester system and school start time-2nd trimester starts around the first of December-so they have 3 weeks of class, then Christmas break (which is usually not overly long but still). For whatever reason, though, ONE high school in our district insists on sticking with a semester schedule so that messed breaks up for everyone else. I don't have any idea why the school board doesn't make them change?? (there are 5 high schools in our district).
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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We never have more than five days in a row off, ever, on our year-round schedule. Our kids can't handle it. We also in the past year started implementing more long weekends versus whole straight weeks off.
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:12 PM
 
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We never have more than five days in a row off, ever, on our year-round schedule. Our kids can't handle it. We also in the past year started implementing more long weekends versus whole straight weeks off.
What I'd really like to see is year round schools with a four day school week for the kids. As a teacher, one day to prep per week would be heaven....
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Old 07-28-2011, 04:18 PM
 
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That would be okay for us as teachers, here, but for our kids and their particular needs, constant three-day weekends could foster some pretty problematic behavior.
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Old 07-29-2011, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Liberal Coast
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What I'd really like to see is year round schools with a four day school week for the kids. As a teacher, one day to prep per week would be heaven....
That is something I like. I started working four days a week a few months ago, and having three days off is the perfect amount of time to really recharge.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:43 AM
 
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That is something I like. I started working four days a week a few months ago, and having three days off is the perfect amount of time to really recharge.
I just want a weekend, lol. The fifth day would be a work day for teachers (either at home or in school) which would mean NO HOMEWORK for the teacher on Saturday and Sunday!!! I also wouldn't get so behind on my grading. Studies have shown that the faster a teacher gets feedback to students, the more meaningful that feedback is. I wish I could grade things and hand them right back, unfortunately, I can't do that with 150 students. I can get a few each hour during work times when I walk around the class and observe but that's about it.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:47 AM
 
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That would be okay for us as teachers, here, but for our kids and their particular needs, constant three-day weekends could foster some pretty problematic behavior.
Maybe 5 shorter days then with more work time for the teacher built in. I don't know about the rest of you but my prep hour doesn't come close to covering my prep let alone grading and everything else we have to do.

Last year, I had a stretch where I had to stay three hours after school because my daughter was in sports. That worked out well. By the time her games started (I, usually, didn't go to practices), I had pretty much everything done. Of course I was never home though. There is always something.

I'd like the deal a friend who teaches at a private high school has. She gets a prep hour for every subject she teaches. They teach on block so she doesn't teach every subject every day (I've done that before and even this helps). She has a prep block and teaches two of the same class each day. She just alternates which class she's teaching. She doesn't take a lot of work home with her.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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Maybe 5 shorter days then with more work time for the teacher built in. I don't know about the rest of you but my prep hour doesn't come close to covering my prep let alone grading and everything else we have to do.
My students are dismissed on Mondays at 12:45, instead of the 3:15 dismissal they have T-F. So that gives staff from 12:45-3:30 without students. Our monthly staff meeting is held on one of those Mondays.
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Old 07-29-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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My students are dismissed on Mondays at 12:45, instead of the 3:15 dismissal they have T-F. So that gives staff from 12:45-3:30 without students. Our monthly staff meeting is held on one of those Mondays.
I do think teachers need more time built into their day for planning. My one prep period is so worthless that if they asked me to teach it I would as long as I wasn't picking up another subject to prep. The money would be worth more to me than that hour as I do most of my prep at home. I average about 20 hours prep/grading at home during the school year.
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