Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Day In My Shoes Linky Party!

I know ... I am breaking the rules but this linky party sounded like so much fun and I don't have to go to school tomorrow so here goes!
I get to share a day in my life with you and  many teachers email me and ask me about my schedule, so this is a fun way to do just that!
Here is a peek at my day last Thursday... It was crazy!

6:00am---- I have 3 alarm clocks that go off at different times.  I really do because I am such a heavy sleeper that I am afraid I won't get up.  The only thing that would wake me up is when R was a baby and I would wake up automatically if she even sneezed.  I guess it is a mommy thing.  :)

6:20am--- Go get coffee from the kitchen. I couldn't do anything else unless I do this first. Feed kitty.  I don't eat breakfast...

6:30-7:00--- Get ready to go to school. I have everything done the night before... clothes ready/lunch packed/shower.  I just wash my face in the morning.

7:00--Leave for school

7:10--- Arrive at school if traffic is good and I don't get behind any buses.
            I sign in.  Go to my room.  Cut on the computers. Open the blinds...
           (We have an energy Czar in our district this year and she stalks checks
           schools to make sure we follow her rules of cutting all electronics and
           etc... to save money!  Even though she will get a "bonus" if we reduce
           our power usage.  Doesn't Makes sense to me. :)

7:25--- Children arrive ... some come in room and some go to breakfast.
            Morning work. Me... running around room greeting children, drinking
            coffee and putting out fires.   Praying that some of my sweet babes
            received everything they needed for a successful day....

8:00--- All children are in room and we begin announcements.

8:15-9:00 --- Morning Meeting/ Journals 
9:00-10:30 ---- Guided Reading groups/literacy stations/testing this week
                        Principals come in to make sure everyone is doing great.
                        Sometimes to do a quick evaluation of what was seen. These
                        are emailed to us. 
10:35-11:00--- Recess.... I go out with the children.
11:10-11:35--- Brunch. I eat with my children. I am jealous of all of you that
                       get adult interaction here.  Another teacher and I talk back and
                       forth from one table to another while I clean up any spills, etc...
11:35-11:50--- Read Aloud
12:00-12:30--- EXCEL --- This is our RTI block.  Some children go to ESL and I
                        pull my babies for extra help 2 times a week.  Other times it is
                        math stations.
12:30--- Snack
12:45-1:30---  Specials or my planning time.... Today the social worker came in
                   and I didn't get to any planning because we were helping a child. 
                   Also, another child came in who had an accident... so I helped
                   her.  and.... that is usually what happens--- no planning.  I do get
                   to go to bathroom here too. On Monday.... no specials... Friday is
                   computer lab and I go in the lab with my children. 
1:30- 2:15 --- Math Groups
                      Science/Social Studies is integrated... or I may do this first thing
                      in the morning.
2:30---- I take children to buses....Get on assigned bus to settle children down
             before they take off.  Then I run across campus for a meeting on
             a child who is in School Support. 
3:30--- I sit down at my desk.... for a minute.... wipe tables with clorox wipes
            and put up chairs if my assistant didn't get to it.... Then I get to talk to
           other teachers.... adult time!  Or... I might have to go to a school
           meeting or district meeting...
4:00-- Arrive at home and work on my school plans.... I like working at home...
           because it is quiet and I can put on comfy clothes! 
           During this time....I cook or talk on the phone to my brothers, mother or
           daughter... answer emails..... blog stalk.... anything I want.  I do miss
           times I took R to dance, etc.... Lately I have been trying to spend time
           reading my bible study.
Rest of night I get my clothes, lunch ready, take a shower and go to bed!  Usually, I get to bed around 11:00.

If you made it down here... thank you!  Now, link up with Mrs. Klohn and tell me about a day in your shoes!



Kristin said...

I'm the opposite of a heavy sleeper. Every little thing wakes me up. I'd love to be a little bit of a heavy sleeper.
Brunch?! Oh no. You need more time in your day just for you. I guess it's a good thing you're a teacher and you like kids. :) :) :)
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

Our lunch is at 10:00!! lol
First Grade Blue SKies

Ginger Snaps said...

I have to eat with my sweeties too! I feel your pain!

Ginger Snaps

Katie Klohn said...

We have an energy czar too!!! We get nice yellow sticky notes on our computer if we forget to turn off our computer, projector, document camera, etc. The worst part is he gets an almost $9000 dollar stipend for it. I better not even get started on that one! :)

Thanks so much for linking up! You made me want to teach kinder!
Miss Klohn
Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

Kristen F. said...

Wow I can't believe you don't get a duty-free lunch! That blows my mind! We have a wonderful energy "Czar" too. I can't wrap my brain around this concept-- do we save any money after paying this person??? Can we possibly be saving over $70K per year by unplugging the mini-fridge over the weekend? lol Thanks for sharing your schedule and for all you do-- love your blog!

S said...

Ok, if you don't have a lunch break, and you supervise your recess duty, when do you go to the bathroom?

I just want to put it out there that it is so tough to go without a lunch break, especially when you are in charge of little ones that wear you down and can try your patience. I wish we could change that about teaching.

We also have the energy police at our school. He sends out quarterly reports to justify his job. Right now, he's installing solar panels. I think this is a great idea, but knowing that all of our 1st and 3rd grade classes have more than 30 kids, I have a hard time justifying the expense paid towards it (I know that it will eventually save us money, but is this the right time to be doing this, when we are in such financial hardship??)

Laura Starnes said...

I've tagged you!
Come check it out!

Kinder Kraziness

Erin said...

Such a busy day! Same for me teaching internationally in Mexico City. "You teach kindergarten? So you just let them color and play, right?". Only kindergarten teachers truly know how busy and multi-faceted our days are! I am right here with you! :)

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