Just had a thought while I was brushing my cat (yes this is when I do all my deep thinking)… The state really gets a deal on public school teachers. Most of us work at least 10 hours a day, some of us work more, and some of us work our way through our weekends. If we were paid hourly, with all of the mandated breaks I got when I worked in retail (and penalties my employer incurred if they didn’t send me on those breaks), they’d be paying through the nose. Some people think, “Oh, $30-$45k for ten months of work is great!” Compared to where I came from, making $30k/12 months in a high-cost-of-living area, it sounds like it. But when I worked in retail/admin, I was clocked out the second I clocked out.
So…for one week, from April 26 to May 2, I am going to track all of the hours I spend at school and/or doing directly school-related work. Teaching is the first salaried job I’ve ever worked, so I come from a background of clocking in/out whenever I go on breaks. The state of California is verrrrrry strict about getting in breaks for hourly employees, so I will ALSO be calculating meal penalties I would be owed and/or at what point I would start making double time wages if it comes to that.
Of course, if I sit in another teacher’s room for half an hour and shoot the shit after school I will “clock out” for that. :) Planning and grading are on the clock, though, as are making copies and shopping for supplies.
Anyone who wants to follow my (mis)adventures or wants to track their own week (because I would love to see what others do!) can follow the tag #teacherontheclock.