What They Don’t Teach You In Teachers’ College

If you’re a teacher, you’ve got to read and share the article “Teachers and lecturers ‘do most unpaid overtime“.  Those of us from the profession know this, but it’s nice to have research to support our rants and ramblings!  According to the report, teachers put in an extra 12 hours a week.  For me, this quote from the article says it all.

“This commitment is all the more admirable considering the insulting real-terms pay cuts their employers continue to offer them”, she added, calling for employers to “recognise the hard work their staff do, reward them fairly and sort out their workloads”.

Always looking for content for a blog post, I thought that I would start a list that shows how those 12 hours might be spent.  I know that I’m not going to hit them all so add yours in a comment at the bottom.

As I type this list, it just reinforces the impact that teachers have on student lives and contribution to a healthy community…

Professional Associations – Leadership in

  • AEFO
  • ETFO

Leadership in a professional subject association

  • ECOO
  • OAME
  • STAO
  • OMEA
  • CAPE
  • OAJE
  • Complete list here http://www.oct.ca/members/know-your-college/your-connections
  • Lesson preparation
  • Marking
  • Staff Meetings
  • Research for curriculum topics
  • Professional development / learning
  • Additional Qualification courses
    • Take one for upgrading
    • Teaching one for colleagues
  • Fund raising
  • Overnight field trips
  • Report Card writing



  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Volleyball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Skipping
  • Dance
  • Cross-Country
  • Track and Field
  • Figure Skating

Clubs and Activities

  • Breakfast Club
  • Yearbook
  • Chess
  • Computer
  • Public Speaking
  • Audio / Visual
  • Student Parliament
  • Art
  • Bible Study
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Green / Environmental Activities
  • Debate
  • Robotics
  • School Dances
  • School Formals
  • School Newspaper
  • School Website
  • School Social Media
  • Math

Phew!  That’s just time spent doing school-sanctioned activities.

In addition, teachers somehow manage to find extra time to work in municipal government, local sports, involvement with Parents’ group with their own children’s schools, …

What did I miss?

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9 thoughts on “What They Don’t Teach You In Teachers’ College”

  1. I’d include meeting with, phoning or emailing parents about student progress (or lack thereof) and keeping up with a barrage of school-related emails, often carrying new initiatives and or paperwork.


  2. Thanks for your thoughtful look at the enormous infrastructure that creates and maintains “the teacher.” In answer to your question, “What did I miss?” I’d possit professional development / learning: social media might be a category all on its own if one thinks of the time teachers devote to their Twitter PLNs, LinkedIn discussions ( for example, NCTE), pertinent FB, ScoopIt, Pinterest, YouTube, inter alia pages. And, then there’s the time teachers spend teaching themselves and coming to grips with the technology that will enhance the learning of their students. Teachers are busy, busy, busy guides.


  3. I didn’t see: writing letters of recommendation, Drama Club, after school tutoring, or Spanish Club. I’m sure there’s more.


  4. I would add leadership in the fOllowing subject associations : OFSHEEA and OF3SLC.

    Members of school committees – school improvement planning, literacy team, positive climates for learning, restorative justice

    Coaching – rock climbing

    Clubs – cooking clubs, healthy schools, anime club


  5. I can’t believe you missed ACSE and ECOO in your list of subject associations! 🙂 And I’m not sure where it would fit, but the OTF Curriculum Forum shouldn’t be overlooked as a major volunteer activity that many teachers in Ontario are involved in.


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