I am completing my sixth week of teaching a college-level journalism class, and it is so much harder than I had expected.
I expected my first semester teaching to be difficult because I knew there was some material I needed to study and also knew I would have to create my lesson plans. But it is taking so much more time than I had anticipated to gather everything that I want to share with the class and make sure I have my materials exactly how I want them.
I also didn’t anticipate how long grading would take. I am spending every weekend grading their blogs, their edited photos and videos, their social media plans, and their essays examining different media presentations. It is literally taking at least eight hours to grade each week. And then you have to get it all into the grade book.
I am not sharing this to complain. I am sharing it to PRAISE all the teachers out there! I don’t know how they do it and get anything else done! (My house is a mess and my lovely meals have become very sad. Michael is missing all my homemade stuff. Everything is half-a@@D now.)
I am only lecturing four hours a week. I can’t imagine having to create lesson plans to fill five hours a day, five days a week!
And I can’t imagine how a teacher new to a grade pulls it all together. I would need a whole year just to prepare! I would never switch grades! (Me kicking and screaming in the principal’s office: No you can’t make me switch grades!! I have my lesson plans!)
I posted on Facebook last Sunday that I had spent the whole day, outside of church, grading and was finally putting everything into the electronic grade book. All my teacher friends chimed in: Welcome to my world!!
I am lucky to have found another adjunct who is very kindly sharing a lot of his planning and materials with me so I can see how he is teaching it. (He’s been teaching the class two years so he really knows what he’s doing.)
Are all teachers sharing materials on google.docs? It’s the greatest thing ever!
I love, love, love being in the classroom and being with my students. They are so smart, creative and really amazing. But the prep and grading is just much harder than I expected.
So what do you think: Is teaching more time consuming and harder than people think? How do teachers get everything planned and prepared every day? Are the schools telling them how to teach it or are they having to reinvent the wheel?
If you are a teacher, how much time are you spending planning and grading? What is the most time-consuming part for you?
Am I having a hard time because this is college-level material? Would grade-school be easier or harder to prepare for?