How much lesson planning time do you think elementary teachers should have per week?
Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 23, 2008
“They should have at least five hours per week so they have an hour each day. But really they should have more. I get 90 minutes a day, and I only have to cover one subject.”
“At least eight hours. I figure the work day is about eight hours long, so they should probably have a whole day of planning spread out over the week.”
“I don’t know how much they have now, but I’m sure they need more than they have. I would let the teachers decide for themselves. They know their job better than I do.”
“I don’t think it’s unreasonable to give them five hours a week. I’m sure more would be better; teaching is hard. I know there are limitations and nothing’s free, but it’s probably the most important thing children receive in life.”