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What is the busiest schedule you have ever had in school? To be more clear, I am asking how many classes you have ever taken or taught on a weekly basis?
I love teaching English, but I have been teaching 43 classes a week! That is 23 classes in the mornings and 20 classes at night, each week.
I admit that I haven't been able to prepare for classes the way I would like to. I also admit that I have been very poor at keeping in touch with my English Club friends since I arrived in Saudi Arabia last year.
I would really love to hear from all of my friends that are teachers and see if you have matched or exceeded this class load. I think I may be close to setting a record for the number of classes taught while still maintaining some little bit of mental and physical health.
The good news is, that this may be changing very soon. I will probably still have four one hour classes each night, but it looks like I will be working with older students in the mornings and maybe have 3 less classes per week. That would still be 40 classes per week (8 per day) and really a bit too much, since part of teaching should include preparation time and office hours.
Again, I must apologize to my friends here for rarely visiting, but maybe you can see why I have been absent so much. At home, my job was from 8:00 to 5:00.
Our new winter schedule here has me teaching from 9:30 to 1:30 and again from 5:00 to 9:00. Technically that is an eight hour day with a 3 1/2 hour lunch break. Eight hours isn't bad if you have some office time to organize your classes. Also this is much better than the beginning of the semester when the principal insisted that I arrive at 6:30 AM to sign in and then had all my classes scattered through the early part of the morning.
My contract here is over at the end of this month, so if things don't improve, I am not required to stay for another year. I think that I can now negotiate a better situation and get the contract reworded to clarify any of the points that have been a problem over the past year.
Please let me know what your heaviest ever class schedule was, either as a teacher or as a student. I am very curious to see how 43 classes a week compares to your most difficult schedule.
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