Teaching by Numbers

4 – the rough number of hours I see my students for on any given week. This doesn’t include time lost to public holidays, excursions, assemblies or any other inconvenience.

40 – the number of weeks in a school year. At four hours a week, this means I have 160 hours to improve the abilities of my students.

1,739 – the number of full time students at the high school where I work (as at Semester 1, 2016).

85 – the number of students I currently teach. These are across 4 classes (I have one less class than most staff because I am in a semi-managerial position).

180 – the rough number of students I taught in my first year at my current school. This was 6 classes of around 30 students each and doesn’t include students who changed classes throughout the year.

12 – the years I’ve been teaching.

1,500 – the amount of students I have taught over this time. This is calculated at 12 years teaching 5 classes with an average of 25 students. It’s not a perfect calculation for a number of reasons but it’ll do for the purpose of this post.

2.5 – the minimum number of pages I expect my Literature students to write per hour in any given exam/test. I think the average in my current class is just under 5 pages, I have had students consistently write 8-9 pages and I think the most produced in one sitting was 12 pages.

3 – the number of hours in the Literature exam.

20 – the minutes it takes me to mark many of these responses. Depending on the task, marking takes me between 8-45 minutes per response.

6 – the number of different year groups I have taught while teaching full time.

17 – the number of English teachers in my office. There are 2 other staff also teaching English that are housed elsewhere in the school. As an Associate Dean (2IC) I have some responsibility in ensuring that these people feel supported.

6 – the number of EAs we share an office with.

2 – the hours (on average) I’m at work before and/or after school each day.

5 – the days per week I have to do some work (marking/planning) at home.

12 – the number of weeks holiday I get per year.

20 – the hours of professional learning I must undertake per year to “maintain the currency of his or her professional competence” (TRBWA).

64,854 – the starting salary of a teacher in Western Australia.

98,084 – the highest possible salary a teacher in Western Australia can earn without seeking some form of promotion.


2 thoughts on “Teaching by Numbers

    • 🙂
      I could now also put 4, as in 4 consecutive days of marking for at least four hours and I’m still not finished. I totally understand why some schools give English teachers only a 0.8 teaching load.


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