Kathryn O’Sullivan, a teacher at McCarthy Catholic College Tamworth, has mapped out her typical fortnight in minutes.
The fortnight consists of 336 hours. Of those hours, our current teaching award and conditions suggest that we will spend 70 at work, leaving us with 266 hours to do with what we please.
It is recommended that you would spend 6-8 hours each night sleeping (let’s take an average of seven), so that leaves you with 168 waking hours of your own blessed ‘free’ time.
You probably eat, right? So let’s also take out two hours per day for the preparing and eating of weekday meals (assuming that you only eat lunch at work and have your breakfast and dinner at home – we know many who are at work for one or the other, but let’s call them ‘anomalies’ at this stage); and let’s say that on the weekend this extends to three hours.
You now have 136 hours of ‘free’ time. Sounds like teachers just have it all! So much room for activities! Let’s jump into that 70 hours you spend at work and see how it looks up close.