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    Quote Originally Posted by Mokeybear View Post
    Lol I know!

    It's not like the teacher was crying in fetal position with an ice pack on her head in the corner of the room after a big night on the tequila ... And it happens every Monday...

    Man I would hate to be a teacher dealing with all the differing parental styles, it would be a nightmare.
    Mokey you have no idea how hard it is to deal with parents!!!! I myself am preparing to go to school tomorrow and spend an hour in a review meeting with a contentious parent of one of my students. I don't actually work on Wednesdays and won't get paid to do this. I'll probably be at school for a couple of hours. Certainly can think of better ways to spend my day off!

    Dealing with parents is one of the hardest parts of the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chippa View Post
    Mokey you have no idea how hard it is to deal with parents!!!! I myself am preparing to go to school tomorrow and spend an hour in a review meeting with a contentious parent of one of my students. I don't actually work on Wednesdays and won't get paid to do this. I'll probably be at school for a couple of hours. Certainly can think of better ways to spend my day off!

    Dealing with parents is one of the hardest parts of the job.
    Huge genuine hugs!

    I would seriously be 'tequila teacher'

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    I'm another who wouldn't have a problem with it as a once off. I used to love those types of days at school (I didn't watch much tv at home, so a movie was extra special ).
    My mum is a teacher, I know how hard they work, it might have been the only time to gather those three teachers together before the reports were due and they made the best of it. Whatever the reason, I'm sure the kids loved it and will be getting back into the swing of things tomorrow, all refreshed and ready to learn (because kids do get really frazzled by the end of the year, even with 6 weeks to go, especially with the amount of home work they get these days).


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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsharvey View Post
    I don't know if I count as 'normal', but before mat leave I would get up at 6.30 to do prep, then prep before school from 8, then home at 4, small break then usually more work from 6-10ish. Plus one full weekend day. In the school holidays I would have one work-free day per week, then work for the other days.
    Wow! That's a lot. Thank you so much for sharing that. I often have heard that teachers work all these extra hours but nobody has expanded on it to say what exactly. That really puts it in perspective for me and it sounds like you would be an amazing teacher who obviously puts a lot of work in .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mokeybear View Post
    Completely agree, I have friends that are teachers as well and have also seen first hand how much of their own time is used to keep it all rolling.
    I'm a recently graduated primary teacher as well and I was at schools at 8.10 in the mornings and left at around 5pm nearly everyday. Plus staying up at night to do lesson plans. I know firsthand what it involves. You cannot get into the profession and then complain about the hours. All the admin work is a given in this line of work. I would never use kids' learning hours to do my reports except if it's a time off during specialist lessons.

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    Most schools at this stage would not be allowing teachers to borrow resources. Kids have to return library books, teachers have to return what they've borrowed throughout because the school needs to do stocktake. Everything is winding down. If the kids finish a workbook, they have to find space in other books instead of getting new ones.

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    Ds's teacher is at school at 7am for an 8am start, school finishes at 2.20pm and 2 days a week the teacher is rostered on at after school care til 3.30pm and she then usually goes back to the classroom to do whatever. We often have emails coming in at 5pm so she is obviously still at school then.

    Also, just because it is nearing the end of the school year doesn't mean the teaching reduces. The teachers are often rushed to get the required learning for that year finished hence why the kids are coming home a little extra tired. I know this is the case at ds's school anyway as I am friends with a few of the teachers and my roster day in ds's classroom last week was quite an eye opener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveshack View Post
    I'm a recently graduated primary teacher as well and I was at schools at 8.10 in the mornings and left at around 5pm nearly everyday. Plus staying up at night to do lesson plans. I know firsthand what it involves. You cannot get into the profession and then complain about the hours. All the admin work is a given in this line of work. I would never use kids' learning hours to do my reports except if it's a time off during specialist lessons.
    Well that's good for you but at the end of the day a teachers personal time should be his or her own, just because a teacher works with children doesn't automatically have to make them a martyr happy to sacrifice personal time for no money!

    I'm sure most of them have their own families and interests outside of the work place that they would prefer to be spending time with or on.

    Rightly so too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loveshack View Post
    I'm a recently graduated primary teacher as well and I was at schools at 8.10 in the mornings and left at around 5pm nearly everyday. Plus staying up at night to do lesson plans. I know firsthand what it involves. You cannot get into the profession and then complain about the hours. All the admin work is a given in this line of work. I would never use kids' learning hours to do my reports except if it's a time off during specialist lessons.
    Have you had your own class full time with the full weight of data driven expectations yet?? I only ask because after filling out paperwork for 6 children back to back who have since been diagnosed with varying things for the first time in my 9 years as a teacher I am constantly amazed by how easy things seems as a student/first year teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mokeybear View Post
    Well that's good for you but at the end of the day a teachers personal time should be his or her own, just because a teacher works with children doesn't automatically have to make them a martyr happy to sacrifice personal time for no money!

    I'm sure most of them have their own families and interests outside of the work place that they would prefer to be spending time with or on.

    Rightly so too.
    Big genuine hugs for this comment! A thousand times yes!!!!!

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