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How much time spent teaching?

A couple of weeks back I wrote about international comparisons of the number of hours that teachers spend actually teaching. The numbers I presented showed that American teachers put in more hours than their counterparts. So I was surprised to … Continue reading

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How do teachers spend their time?

The “Teaching and Learning International Survey” (TALIS) asked lower secondary school teachers around the world how they spend their work time. American teachers report working 45 hours a week during the school year. Teachers in other countries report an average … Continue reading

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Teacher work hours around the world

It’s tough to figure out how many total hours teachers work because there is much conflicting data. The OECD has put together numbers for officially assigned teaching hours in many countries. (It’s less tough to figure out “officially assigned teaching … Continue reading

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  1. Nordy says:

    How are we at the high end of teacher hours, but not on the high end of measures of student instructional time? Do the countries with more instructional time hire that many more teachers?

    • Dick Startz says:

      Good question. I don’t think it’s due to more teachers, but the OECD source doesn’t give student instructional hours for the U.S. so I don’t have a good answer.

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How many hours do teachers work?

According to the preliminary reports from the newest Schools and Staffing Survey (2011-2012), regular full-time teachers average 52 hours “on all teaching and other school-related activities during a typical full week.” Of that 52 hours, 31 hours is devoted to delivering “deliver … Continue reading

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How much do teachers work?

Every time teacher pay gets discussed someone argues against raises by saying that teachers don’t work as many hours as comparable workers; they get summers off and long vacations.  Now to an economist, this is a mostly irrelevant argument. If we need … Continue reading

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  1. Glynis says:

    If you feel like some extra data work, I best looking a quartiles would be cooler than means.

    Also, there’s a general question at the beginning of the ATUS that asks people how many hours they work at their main job each week. Comparing the difference between that an the diary reported hours of work for teachers and non-teachers would be interesting, and a good way to check for any possible systematic error in identifying work hours for teachers given the non-traditional way it’s done.

  2. Michaele Sommerville says:

    … and the four hours at home each evening grading papers, crunching data and communicating with families?

    • Glynis says:

      Because the study uses the ATUS, as long as the teachers surveyed thought of that time as work, it should be included. The American Time Use Survey includes a very detailed, self-reported diary of time use.

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Teacher hours

Teachers probably work fewer hours than most other folks (over the course of a year). The extent of the difference is likely less than many believe because many teachers work so many hours off the clock. That being said, the data … Continue reading

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  1. Nordy says:

    How does this data make sense, given what we know about US hours of instruction compared to other countries?

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How much do teachers work?

How much do teachers work over the course of the year? Let me tell you that no one has the slightest idea. Here’s why: First, different sources put work hours per week (during the school year) anywhere from about 40 hours a … Continue reading

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  1. Gaz says:

    As a PGCE student, I find that I am working soo many hours more than an average job (and I only teach 6-8 lessons a week!) most of my time at home is taken up by paper work or mainly planning the next lesson.
    Im told my planning and other paper work will get faster as I get better at it, but at the same time I will then be doing more lessons a week.

    So I can fully understand how it is easily 50+ hours a week a mainstream teacher works.

    • Eddy says:

      As a elementary teacher from Miami, Florida I am required to clock in at 7:45 am and clock out at 3:30 am. During that time I have an hour and a half of planning, 30 minutes of lunch, 30 minutes of dismissal (supervising students making sure they go home correctly) and 15 minutes of classroom prep time. The rest is instructional hours.

      I am required to work 7 hours and 45 minutes per day. 2 hours and 45 minutes are non-instructional hours and 5 hours are instructional hours. Per contract teachers are required to participate in several extracurricular activities like open house, graduation and other afterschool events which are not paid.

      I never take work home. I grade the minimum amount of assignments. I do not provide students make up work or extra credit because that just adds tons of work for me. I only do parent teacher conference as a last resort. I usually communicate to parents through email. Email saves me lots of time. My lesson plans are in a predictable pattern. Makes lesson planning easier and faster. Prevents me from wasting time trying to think up an assignment or project from the top of my head. So by doing I never have to plan at home.

      I find that teachers that take work home are grading too much. It is not possible to grade every assignment that is given in class. I tell my students everything you do in class is for a grade. This keeps students motivated, but the truth is that I only take one grade per subject per week. Everything else I just give check marks if the student did the assignment completely.

      Some other teachers like to give out their personal cellphone number to parents. Well of course parents are gonna call at ridiculous hours if you do that. I never give out my personal cellphone number. I also do not connect my work email to my phone. Why do I want to see parent emails and work emails in my personal phone. If parents want an answer they would have to wait the next school day for it.

      By doing all these things I get by really easy. I never have to work at home. I am currently enjoying my winder break 🙂

      • Jazz says:

        So you’re the teacher that all others hate because you do the bare minimum, probably don’t do much actual planning outside of school and cause them to do much more work while riding on their backs.

  2. Jack says:

    As a veteran (elementary) teacher–I can say with all certainty that teachers work many, many hours outside of their contracts–both in the evenings grading and planning—AND answering emails from parents. Sundays at my house are often spent planning for the week ahead. I have never ever reported to work at 9 a.m. I typically arrive at school by 7 and leave after 5. Teachers have 30-40 minutes for lunch during which time I eat lunch (standing) while I am prepping for my afternoon classes. If I’m lucky, I get to go to the restroom…….Another misnomer—that teachers have ‘all summer’ off—in our dreams! Between attending professional developments, training, out of state PD, and setting up classrooms, our vacation comes out to two or three weeks at a run. Oh, and did I mention back to school nights, PTO meetings, mentoring other teachers, school celebrations and functions? You don’t get paid for those at all. 🙂

  3. Melissa says:

    @globeteck Don’t forget to subtract all the sick days, personal days, & vacation days. Did I miss anything?
    I remember teachers doing their work while students are working on theirs.

  4. Peter Bayliss says:

    Absolute rubbish.

    Teachers clock on at 9am and schools out at 3pm – how in the hell do you get 40-50 hours per week. The teacher next door to us is home at 3.20pm on the dot every day !!!
    The more pertinent question is how long does the teacher actually teach classes each day. An ex teacher I know puts it at around 3-4 hours per day. Teachers, through their
    union, have become the most underworked and overpaid “workers” in Australia bar none. They are also incompetent as any cursory reading of Australia’s numeracy and literacy deterioration shows.

    • Tiffany says:

      Not all teachers clock in at 9 just saying. Most clock in at around 7 for high school. They do not leave until at least 3. That is 8 hours right there. Now if they need to work over time for a sport or to help a student, that is where they get all the hours.

    • Marie says:

      There is so much more that goes in to teaching than being in the classroom or even at school. Please do not compare clocking in and out of a ‘leave it at work’ job, with teaching. Teachers are planning and preparing before they go into school each morning, and each afternoon, along with part of their weekends, and a good bulk of their summers are: planning, grading, researching, preparing, and shopping for classes amongst other things.

      Most teachers are in their building by 7:30 average. School lets out around 3, but many teachers also have after-school responsibilities, classes or tutoring.
      Before school: Plan out morning message, board work, prepare folders etc 30min*5= 2.5 hrs
      At school: Teaching 5 periods, 45 min each 4.5 hours*5= 18.75 hrs
      After-school class 2*45min= 1.5 hrs
      Grading 23 papers, 23 Writing notebooks, 23 Math notebooks = 2.5hrs*4 nights= 10 hrs
      Researching for, planning for, creating materials for engaging lessons = 2hrs*3 = 6 hrs + 2*3hrs on the weekend = 12 hrs
      We’re already at 44.75 hrs and we haven’t added in: planning meetings, Professional Development meetings, extra time on certain weeks for Parent Teacher Conferences, Final grading and report cards, portfolios, school productions, etc

      Walking in my door, does not mean I am not working for my school, my class and my students. It just means I’m not doing it inside the school building.

    • Kate says:

      Your comment is rubbish. Do not make ridiculous remarks on something you don’t know anything about. Most teachers work more than 8 hours a day. Also why are you creepily spying on the teacher next door to you for you to know that she/he is home at 3:20pm every day? Why does it matter to you anyways?

  5. @globeteck says:

    @brother_polight #IRS LMAO Teachers get paid $40k to work 172 days a year https://t.co/FH3VeWeflH

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