It's not all done in class
'As a teacher you never switch off'JENNA LYNCH
While most of us are only beginning to experience the strain of taking work home due to the rise of portable technology, there is one profession that has been grinding away for years.
They show up at 7.30am, deal with demanding clients all day and finally retire home just after 6pm. But it doesn't stop there.
Charles Daily works an absolute minimum of 50 hours a week.
In his vocation there is no vacation.
"As a teacher, you just never switch off," he said.
Mr Daily is a teacher at Frankton Primary School.
"My brain never shuts off when it comes to trying to come up with new lesson plans."
His typical day consisted of 6 hours of class time, along with a couple of hours in meetings.
Then comes the planning and preparations for lessons, marking of students' work and report writing.
"I would probably say that a teacher's work is never really completely finished, there's always something to be thinking about or doing."
Frankton Primary School assistant principal Glynis Knox said a lot of teachers were pulling 60-hour weeks, and had been for a long time.
"Most teachers are either going to school on the weekends, staying late on a Friday night, or doing as much as they can at home.
"When you're in the classroom you're dedicating all that time to interacting with the children, so the preparation and planning takes place outside the classroom hours," she explained.
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