Teachers Work Nearly 11 Hour Days
The average teacher's workday is ten hours and forty minutes a day, according to Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on the Teaching Profession, the report released this month by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
On average teachers are at school an additional 90 minutes beyond the school day for mentoring, providing after-school help for students, attending staff meetings, and collaborating with peers. Teachers then spend another 95 minutes at home grading, preparing classroom activities, and doing other job-related tasks.
The workday is even longer for teachers who advise extracurricular clubs and coach sports—11 hours and twenty minutes, on average. As one Kentucky teacher surveyed put it, “Our work is never done. We take grading home, stay late, answer phone calls constantly, and lay awake thinking about how to change things to meet student needs.”
Francie Alexander, Chief Academic Officer of Scholastic, said these numbers are indicative of teachers’ dedication to the profession and their willingness to go above and beyond to meet students’ needs.
“Teaching isn't a bell-to-bell job,” said Alexander. “As the study shows, teachers are deeply engaged in their work beyond the walls of the school—planning great learning experiences and connecting with students and families outside of the school day. Their students are front of mind throughout their increasingly long work days.”
Teachers also report working harder than ever to strengthen the connection between school and home to improve student’s chances for long-term success. They are spending hours each week talking and emailing with parents or guardians. A full three-quarters of teachers surveyed regularly attend student’s extracurricular events, and more teachers each year are making visits to students’ homes.
Now in its fourth year, Primary Sources surveyed 10,000 educators from all 50 states to learn first-hand how teachers perceive their classrooms, their profession, and the future of education.
To download the full Primary Sources report, or take the survey, visit the Primary Sources website.