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How many hours does an average teacher work a day?

My girlfriend is a High School Science teacher and I think she works really long hours. Between 10 and 13 per day. She does alot of extra stuff to help kids and other treachers out. Does this seem like a lot or is it average?

Asked By: Jerbson - 5/30/2007
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If a teacher is really doing the best job that they can do.. they can expect to work not only the required 8 hour day, but another 2-3 after school...grading, tutoring, contacting parents, researching on effective teaching strategies, creating assignments/assessments, and organizing classroom materials. I have had... More
Answered By: suesysgoddess - 5/30/2007
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It is average
Answered By: Beamer - 5/30/2007
 
Well, it depends on the school (public, private, or charter) because different schools require different levels of commitment. Also, it depends on the experience of the teacher, inexperienced teachers put in more time (considerably) because they have to do more preparing and research... More
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Answered By: Their Guardian Angel - 5/30/2007
 
A lot. I work from about 8 to 5 and then maybe an hour at night. That's 10. Is she just starting out?
Answered By: KA - 5/30/2007
 
12 hours is alot but averaging 10-11 is about right during the busy seasons. 10 hours is the time it takes someone in their first 4 years teaching. Later on they should be able to cut some hours out - at least a couple days a week. by then she will need the time for family etc.
Answered By: smartass_yankee_tom - 5/30/2007
 
Sometimes more than 13 hours. As a teacher, your day does not stop when the kids are gone. You have papers to grade, projects, lesson plans, meeting, and the list goes on and on, with very little pay.
Answered By: grouki - 5/30/2007
 
It's not uncommon for me to work a 12 hour day once or twice a week. If you feel she is burning herself out...maybe you could encourage her to set some limits. My husband very politely pointed out that my working 12 hours a day 5 days a week and then at least 2-3 hours a day on the weekend was burning me out. Now I... More
Answered By: Elizabeth L - 5/30/2007
 
That seems pretty average. I get to school around 7:30 and leave around 4:30 and typically bring home about an hour or two of grading and preparation for the next day. If I don't do that amount of work a few hours each day, then I end up working all day either Saturday or Sunday for about 6-8 hours... More
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Answered By: tchrnmommy - 5/30/2007
 
I work on average 8-9 hours a day at school (@7 hrs school day, the rest prep) and then on average another 1-3 hours at home and then top that with a weekend day. It can vary depending on the time of year (final exams start soon). Right now, due to final exams and prep, I get to school @7:15 (school starts at 7:35... More
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