Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher!I have been reading through other teacher's days and in some instances I consider myself lucky and in others I can't believe how boring my day seems. What is going on out there in the Land of School!? It's amazing to read through the similarities and differences and it also gives me lots of ideas. It's so wonderful to know there is a way for all of us to connect.
So here's my typical Thursday:
5:30AM - Turn off the alarm (for the third time) and jump in the shower.
5:30-6:30 - Get myself and my DD (2 years old) ready and get out the door. I actually made a smoothie for breakfast but it had no flavor! I was so sad to have to just grab a granola bar instead. :(
6:30-7:00 - Drop off DD at Grandma's house, chat with my mom for a few minutes about the latest family and work gossip
7:00-7:50 - Daily prep, making copies, setting up classroom, writing daily objectives, re-working lesson plans
7:50-8:00 - Morning playground duty: This rotates every two weeks to a new teacher
8:00-8:15 - Flag Ceremony & College pep rally: We have a huge focus on making college possible for all students so we get them fired up every Thursday.
8:15-8:45 - PE: I work with the other 6th grade teacher for PE - there are only 2 of us in the school Today we taught how to serve a volleyball.
8:45-10:15 - Math (26 students): Mad Minutes as a quick starter, Check homework, review concepts, new lesson, guided practice, independent practice and intervention
(We have our schedule set up so we have a longer math period on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It works really nicely for intervention with students.)
10:15-10:30 - Recess
10:30-11:30 - ELD (English Language Development): This is a require course for all our English learners who have been identified as non-proficient English speakers. The difficulty comes in when you have very few who fit this category but you still have to carve out at least 45 minutes of your day. You are also not allowed to teach an core subjects to the students who are not in ELD because the ELD students would be missing it. I hate this period because it always feels like you're making things up as you go, no matter how well you plan. (31 students)
11:30-12:15 - Language Arts (28 students): This includes reading, writing, spelling, grammar and anything else the district might possibly want us to cram in.
12:15-1:00 - Lunch: Known to most teachers as shovel your food in while prepping because there is no such thing as a prep period here
1:00-1:20 - Silent Reading (Reading Counts)
1:20 Dismissal: Thursday are consolidated because we have meetings on these days. This doesn't mean we have shorter teaching time because they add the extra time onto M, T, W & F
(On the other days I teach ancient history from 1:00-1:45 and a second class from 1:45-2:30)
2:30-3:30 (or 4:00) - Grade papers, prep for the next day, try to work around the Chinese School that rents out our rooms from 3:00-6:00 (this is not an easy task!)
*Note: We are an elementary school but switch kids for classes to allow for intervention and enrichment opportunities. (Also we have to because of that blasted ELD period!)
So there it is. Just typing it out makes me tired!