Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Day in the Life

I'm always super interested in these posts where people share their schedules, and I've wanted to do one for a while (but my day wasn't interesting enough to post a schedule… so… ) Now that I'm a teacher and constantly run around like a crazed chicken, I feel like I have something to offer the world in this department. I have so many short sections of my day that I've rewritten this post a few times. I think this is because in my day to day, that three minute break between social studies and recess is a huge chunk of time to fill, but in reality it's not the biggest issue out there. You don't really need to know that exists in my life haha.

6:00: Alarm goes off. I probably wake up to this one. If I do, then I grab an outfit, brush my teethies, throw my hair up, and put on makeup.
6:15: If I don't wake up to the first one, I'll wake up to this one and mad dash to get everything done.
6:30-6:45: Leave the house, commute to work
6:45-7:30: Get to work, clean off whiteboard, update with new student helpers, clean up the classroom,  check email, drink coffee, make copies, last-minute planning, choose choice time activities, retape name tags that they've picked at (I hate this…)
7:30-8:00: Kids show up and start dropping off their backpacks and homework before they go to breakfast.
8:00: Pick up kiddos from breakfast

8:00-8:15: Classroom carpet morning meeting. We talk about anything important, our plan for the day, etc. Sometimes we have a story read aloud during this time. I also announce who gets to sit in our three bean bag seats for the wholeeeee day (which is a huge deal right now in the first and second grade, I tell ya)
8:15-9:45: Literacy centers. I teach four different groups of kiddos at their grade level and when they aren't with me or the reading specialist they practice their spelling, reading, writing, etc. independently.
9:45-10:00: Recess duty
10:00-11:00: Math instruction, I teach two groups of kiddos and the opposite group practices independent math skills.
11:00-11:05: Clean up time
11:05-11:15: Read aloud/get ready for lunch

Sweater: Target (a few years ago) // Similar in different color
Scarf: Loft (from Boutique) // Similar in different color

11:20-12:00: Lunch break! The above picture is not actually me during a lunch break (I don't sit in my car…) but it is a picture of me doing absolutely nothing. Which is exactly what I do during my one break of the day.
12:00-12:30: Special! (Music/Art/PE)
12:30-12:35: Kiddo calm down break
12:35-1:00: Social studies instruction 1/2. My social studies curriculum isn't my favorite, so we spend a lot of time looking up our social studies questions. So far this week we've asked "What do other countries' flags look like?" "Where is Mt. Rushmore?" "What happened to the very first flag ever made?" and "What does the White House look like inside?"
1:00-1:10: GoNoodle break
1:10-1:30: Recess
1:30-2:00: Science instruction 1/2. We have digital science lessons which are super cool and interactive. My kiddos LOVE them so far (we're only three in, but oh well!) A few days ago we actually got our classroom speakers to hook up to our SMART Board, so now we can hear our lessons too ;)
2:00-2:30: Choice time. Games, blocks, puzzles, Uno, you name it… we might have it.
2:30-2:40: Read Aloud (Right now we're reading Junie B. Jones, Toothless Wonder) The kiddos in my class are all turning up with loose teeth (which I'm really not a fan of…) and so they're totally identifying with crazy little Junie B.
2:40-2:45: Clean up and line up for home
2:45-3:00: Dismissal

3:00-3:30: After school I'm always exhausted, so I spend this time finishing anything I didn't in the morning like clean up classroom, organize materials, prep things for the next day, communicate with any staff member I need to check in with, check emails, work on any big projects (grading, changing bulletin board, cleaning anything, redoing anything)
4:00-4:15:  Commute home
4:15-9:30:  A mix of break time, planning, dinner making, talking to my roommate, getting Dutch Bros to survive (and to throw the leftovers in the fridge to reheat in the morning so I can save ten minutes of my day) and just appreciating that I can do literally whatever I want and not talk to 27 people at a  time.
9:30-10:00: Get ready for bed.
Coffee: 16 oz hot Caramelizer form Dutch Bros
Planner: I made it! See post here. 
Laptop Sleeve: From Etsy!

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