Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by Ima Teacher, May 6, 2019.
May 7, 2019
I don't work in the summer but our contracts are for one full year.
May 8, 2019
This is why we do our PD for next year at the end of the school year. That way we have all summer to work on the right stuff.
How does that work for new teachers? Do they do it all again for them at the beginning of the next school year? That just seems like an odd set up to me.
I get about ten weeks off. I don't do any work or PD in the summer. We have two PD days before the students come back, and I get my room ready in those two days. I relish my summers off; it is a perk of the job and I don't feel guilty about taking that time and enjoying it.
We generally hire before the school year ends, so they can attend summer PD. When they are hired later, we have to fill them in on things through our PLC work. We don’t have a lot of turnover, so it isn’t usually a problem.
May 9, 2019
What type of training is that? That really caught my attention.
May 11, 2019
Arkansas has an initiative called RISE that focuses on the science of teaching reading. All elementary certified teachers are required to receive training and demonstrate profiency to keep their licenses. There are multiple pathways to show profiency, and it is up to each district to determine how to help their teachers meet the requirements. There is a large section devoted to RISE on the state department of education webpage if you’d like more information.
This is smart. Our district likes to spring this stuff on us when we have kids coming in the very next day.
Jun 1, 2019
9 weeks. I have to report back Aug. 5
I’m jealous. My summer break is only 2.5 months long.
Edit: I misread your post. I thought you said 3 months and not 9 weeks for some reason...
We have roughly nine weeks off this year (nine full weeks, plus an extra Friday and Monday). It should have been 10 weeks off, but we had to go an extra week due to snow days.
Some teachers voluntarily teach summer school, attend PD, or participate in curriculum writing over the summer, but it's not required. Anyone who participates is compensated accordingly, and no one is forced to do any of the work. I'll attend PD sessions when they are of interest to me and directly applicable to my work, but otherwise I take my summers for me. I might opt to read professional books, take a class, or prepare for the next year in my own way, but that's all by choice.
I should also mention that we are required to do home visits over the summer (or as late as during the first month of school) to get to know our incoming students and families, but we can set our own schedule for that and get compensated for our time. I prefer to do it before we are required to be back at work so that I'm not as stressed and pressed for time, but some teachers wait until our first contract day back before doing any home visits.
Isn't 2.5 months longer than 9 weeks? I also get nine weeks off, and it's only two months. It's basically the first week of June through until the first full week of August. 2.5 months would be longer.
Jun 2, 2019
Oh wow, I read her post as 3 months. I don’t know why. And you would be correct, 2.5 months is longer.
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