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How long does a teacher spend planning lessons?

How long does a teacher spend planning lessons? #teaching

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Mehreen’s Answer

Hi Lindsey!


When I first started teaching I used to spend at least 20 hours or less per week just on planning lessons. This includes creating the lesson, gathering/making materials, making copies, creating handouts and researching background information (I taught History). But afterwards I started recycling my lessons so to modify them it took half the time. Plus, the time can also be less if you're working in teams!

Thank you comment icon Hello Lindsey, I completely agree with Mehreen Tejani. In the beginning, you will spend many hours planning lessons. The longer you teach, the more confident you are in teaching, and you will spend less time. If you teach the same grade, you'll be revising lessons each year to match the needs of your students. But don' be afraid to test different grades levels. This way you'll discover the grade you especially like to teach. Also, you might be able to work with other teachers in your school. You can collaborate and write plans together! Take care and much luck, Stephanie Stephanie Hamilton
Thank you comment icon Mehreen and Stephanie hit the nail on the head. IT GETS EASIER, so stick with it through that first difficult year of lesson planning! The only thing I will add is don't be afraid to ask for help. A lot of teachers think it's a sign of weakness or inexperience to ask for help from other teachers or mentors, but most school personnel are excited to pour into the next generation of teachers. Ask for help!!! Don't go at it alone. Jessalyn McAlister
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Shelby’s Answer

So this is a really good question, but it all depends on the subject, grade level, and preparedness of the teacher. Personally, as a high school math teacher in training, I spend about a day on the weekend preparing for the lessons I am going to teach. Furthermore, throughout the week, I may spend a couple of hours during planning periods and after school time to prepare for the next day. However, since I am in training, I am simply a student teacher in an experienced teacher's classroom. Therefore, I am not in charge of preparing all of the lessons, quizzes, activities, and tests for each week. Once I become a professional teacher, I plan to take small amount each day throughout the week to plan for my classes. In public schools, you may have a team that already has lesson plan outlines available, which is incredibly helpful (especially for new teachers!!). In private schools, the curriculum is not on a specific guide fit to the state's standards, so it may take more time to prepare for these classes. Hope this helps!
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Rachel’s Answer

I'm teaching secondary students in the virtual environment. I can tell you that I spend 3-4 hours each evening and usually 6-8 hours on the weekend planning.
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