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Depends on grade level/subject. I taught preschool, specifically, prekindergarten. I was the one that prepared children for kindergarten. Nightly, it took me roughly about 3 hours to prepare for the next days lesson. Planning the lessons occurred on Sundays and that took most of the day.
Depends on how efficient they are doing the day, and if they have a prep period. I personally average 0 hours outside of the normal work day doing actual paperwork, but at least an hour a day replaying the events of the day and contemplating how to improve my craft and interactions with students. This is usually done while running or biking.
Yes, I think elementary teaching is very stressful, you are dealing with someone's teaching 5-6different subjects, lots of prep work. No prep period every day like In middle or high school. Whiny or misbehaving kids all day. In middle or high school you see them 50 min a day, but you better be able to manage no matter which level you teach. I am 4 11and 120 pounds,substituted for 8 years before I went back to work teaching 7th and 8th grade for the last 24 years. I have replaced army captains in many classes. With kids size does not matter, the look on your face better say I am the boss, be clear with expectations and organized in the classroom.
This question can be answered several ways. 1) It depends on the school and the specific paperwork and planning demands. 2) It depends on your work style. For me, I work late 2-3 days per week. (Late for means more than an hour past 'quitting' time.) On days that I don't work late I also tend to work from home. Work includes checking and replying to emails, looking at data, reading/preparing read alouds for the upcoming weeks.
I hope that this gives a little guidance.
Outside work time would depend on you. Some teachers are very disciplined and stick to their work schedule. They begin once they clock in, and stop once they clock out.
Other teachers choose to work outside of school time. I have known many teachers who either stayed at the school and did work. Others took work home.
I used to take work home or stay longer at the school. Most of the time it was my choice, and I did it because teaching is my passion and I was very excited for the outcomes of the day.
However there were times where I had to take work home not by choice, it was choosing between either staying later and then dealing with traffic, or doing work at home to leave on time and not deal with traffic.
I would say it depends on various factors, your work habits, the type of school you work in, your work requirements, etc.
If you are not getting paid overtime then ultimately it is your choice.
I'm going into my 2nd year of teaching this upcoming school year. I spent A TON of time outside of school preparing lessons for my kids, worksheets, calling parents, meetings, etc. my first year. Most of this isn't paid either (sadly). Next school year, I'm going to teaching 3 different classes at the high school level. Let me tell you, I've never spent my summer working/stressing out so much. I've been trying to plan as far ahead as I can to make my year less stressful (I don't handle stress well). But, once you have planning done, the following year is much easier because you just need to tweak or improve a few things. The first three years (from what I've heard a million times) is rough. After the first three, teaching is much easier.
But if you're looking into education, it is a very rewarding profession. I love seeing my students grow into smart and educated citizens. I love being a mentor and 'parent figure' to some. It's work the long nights/weekends.
Always take time for yourself, it helps keep your sanity in check! :)
I always like to challenge myself. I would have to say that it would be dependent on what the subject matter was involving.