Spanish Teacher (Female, Age 27) in New York, NY

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Current Job

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Job Title Spanish Teacher
Salary $48,500
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 60
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Location New York, NY
Years Experience 1 year

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Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for the New York City Department of education, as a Spanish teacher at a small dual language middle school in Manhattan. I teach 7th and 8th grade Spanish, and am the only person in my department, so I design the curriculum on my own as well.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
I teach 7th and 8th grade Spanish, and am the only person in my department, so I design the curriculum on my own as well. I see my students four times a week, and also have a homeroom and Advisory group (12 students for whose progress I’m responsible for keeping track of). I also have a group of nine students in the afterschool extended day program, which gives the kids an opportunity to read more and learn strategies for improving reading.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
About three months vacation total, excellent health insurance, pension, optional retirment fund participation, pre-tax transportation benefit, one day sick leave earned (and banked) per month worked, ability to borrow up to 20 sick days, leave for restoration of health available, sabbatical available after seven years.

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Excellent benefits but low salary for the amount of work involved.

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
No

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
No

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5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Preparing for class, printing out materials or gathering copies, classroom set-up if not done the night before, checking on supplies, grades, books, etc. Pick up attendance sheet.
8am to 9am Children arrive in classroom at 8:15. Attendance taken, students leave jackets in closets, children sent to class. First period class (8th grade) arrives. Classes are 45 minutes long. Students come in, take out notebooks and planners, copy down assignments and take out homework to either be collected or left in homework tray (5 minutes). Students have a few minutes to begin initial assignment (5 minutes), after which there is a short lesson (10-15 minutes) with a follow-up assignment (20-25 minutes) during which I circulate amongst the students, check on their progress and help those with questions. When the class seems to, as a whole, have issues with something in particular, I clarify that with a lesson for the whole class again. Class is dismissed by the teacher at 9:10.
9am to 10am The process repeats for the next 8th grade class, lasting from 9:10 until 9:55.
10am to 11am Prep period from 9:55 until 10:40. Make sure all homework has been collected and that the classroom is neat and ready for the remainder of the day’s classes, which are all 7th grade classes. Make arrangements necessary for them (books, handouts). Go to desk and turn on computer. Log in to grading program. Make sure assignment that has just been collected is entered into grading program. Begin grading prior assignments for a few minutes; then stop, organize and put away new assignments, file away graded assignments, and stand in doorway to await next class at 10:40. At 10:40 (4th period), the classroom process as stated from 8am-9am begins again, except the lessons, assignments, and teaching are different from the 8th grade (because they have a different curriculum).
11am to 12pm 4th period ends at 11:25; the process is repeated with 5th period (from 11:25 until 12:10).
12pm to 1pm 5th period is dismissed. Students return to homeroom, get coats and jackets, backpacks for those students staying in, and then I walk the class downstairs to the lunch room. At 12:15, I go out to get something to eat. I return to school 20 minutes later, sit down at my desk and try to eat while grading. Lunch is over at 1:00.
1pm to 2pm 6th period class is a repeat of the 7th grade class process. Class is over at 1:45; students are dismissed and I have the second prep period of the day. Check to see that all 7th grade homework is collected and properly filed, make sure the assignment is logged into the grading system.
2pm to 3pm Prep period lasts until 2:30. After organizing collected work from 7th grade classes, examine curriculum map and lesson plans to make sure I am ready (with materials and assignments) for the lesson the following day. Put in handouts in main office for copies. Make sure I have the next day’s assignments written out. Use a few more minutes to grade. 2:30 see students return to homeroom, collect coats and handouts for today. Student get ready to leave, and at 2:35 I walk them downstairs three flights to dismiss them at the door. Come back upstairs and grab notebook for faculty meeting. Meeting begins with logistical announcements. Teacher resource books are assigned and handed out. Teachers are split into groups to review and summarize sections for the rest of the group.
3pm to 4pm The group compares summaries, then splits up to reform with people from groups who covered different parts of the book. The each section is then taught to the rest of the group by that section’s “expert.” Faculty meeting is over at 4pm.
4pm to 5pm Go back to classroom, straighten up, and put away faculty meeting materials. Sit down and continue to grade and log grades. Each assignment is graded by class. Assignments are graded and scores are logged one by one, then assignments are filed under “graded and logged” by class in a filing cabinet. Repeat with all classes, but do not finish since there are over 125 assignments to grade.
5pm to 6pm Grade and log until 5:30ish. At that point, make sure everything is filed away in both “graded and logged” file and “ungraded” trays. Tidy up teacher desk area, update student calendars for next day. Erase white board and write the next day’s learning objective, intro task, and homework assignment for both 7th and 8th grade. Make sure classroom is neat. Distribute books at tables. Lock up and go home.
6pm to 7pm Go over curriculum map to prepare for first period 7th grade curriculum meeting on Tuesday. Make sure it is complete, with daily lessons, monthly themes, standards addressed, learning results, skills required, and activities to be completed for each month, with the monthly calendar filled in for every school day. Print out three copies of curriculum map.
7pm to 8pm Stop working at 7pm; start dinner.
8pm to 9pm Personal time.
9pm to 10pm Personal time.
10pm to 11pm Prepare for bed.
11pm to 12am Bedtime.

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