Eye on Education

Twelve Hours in an Ohio Middle School And Other Ways to Make a Living

Ohio Department of Education

Tim Dove teachers in the Worthington school district.

Tim Dove is Ohio’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. He’s a middle school teacher in the Worthington school district near Columbus and has been teaching for 31 years. He currently teaches at Phoenix Middle School, which has a longer school day than most middle schools.

As part of our reporting on how many hours teachers work (see our previous story), we asked him to tell us how he spent his Monday.

Tim’s daughter Kate Dove is a first-year teacher in a different school. Tomorrow we’ll talk with her about her work day.

Here’s how Tim Dove spent his Monday:

6:45 a.m.
Arrive at Phoenix Middle School.

7:05 a.m.
Students begin to walk into classroom. Dove talks with students and helps them with last-minute homework questions while also preparing lessons for the day and trying to get the classroom’s computers and printers running after a weekend power surge.

7:40 a.m.
Classes begin.

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7:45-8:25 a.m.
Dove teaches a class on multiple intelligences, working with students to explain multiple intelligences and identify and improve their own multiple intelligences through guided writing exercises and other techniques.

8:25-9 a.m.
Dove helps a teacher who is substituting for another teacher prepare for a class to be held later in the day.

9 a.m.-10 a.m.
A parent arrives unexpectedly to meet with Tim. Dove scraps plans to work on future lesson plans with a science teacher in order to meet with the parent.

10-10:30 a.m.
Dove prepares for his next two classes by copying paper work, grading past work and entering grades.

10:40 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Dove teaches two social studies classes on locational geography, i.e., how to make sense out of spaces and places, and current events. Administers a quiz that he’ll grade in the evening.

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12:15-12:50 p.m.
Lunch. Dove eats a school lunch (broiled chicken, chili, peaches and milk) with his students.

12:50-1:25 p.m.
Independent reading class. Dove supervises a class of 25 students reading about 25 different books then has them write about what they read today. He’ll grade the statements in the evening.

1.25-2:10 p.m.
Advisory class. Dove works with 25 students to help each one improve and finalize individual projects.

2:10-3:45 p.m.
Dove teachers his third and fourth social studies classes of the day.

3:45-4 p.m.
Activity break. Dove takes students for a walk outside.

4-4:45 p.m.
Learning extensions class. At Phoenix, this is a time for students to get extra help or participate in clubs. Today Dove works with students who need extra help in specific areas.

4:45-5:30 p.m.
After students leave, Dove meets with two teachers to discuss issues that came up during the school day and plans for the school’s future.

5:30-6:15 p.m.
Dove talks with StateImpact Ohio about his day and then heads home.

7-10 p.m.
After having dinner with his wife, Dove will grade the quizzes he gave today and other previous student work and then prepare for Tuesday.


  • http://americansocietytoday.blogspot.com/ American Society Today

    Teachers Work the Same Number of Hours as Average U.S. Worker: http://americansocietytoday.blogspot.com/2011/06/teachers-work-same-number-of-hours-as.html

  • Sugarcactus

    Finally someone is adressing how hard good teachers work. I am a teacher and it is a non-stop day everyday, even when I get home. I’ve been teaching for 8 years and it doesn’t get much easier. I do it because I want to make a difference–definitely not because of vacation or because it’s easy–it’s tough to be a good teacher.

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