Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Day in My {Dansko} Shoes

I'm joining the party!  Katie from Adventures in Teaching 6th Grade wants to know what our day looks like! (and I'm pretty sure I'm the last one to this party...)

Can I just say that some of you start school REALLY early?!?  My goodness.  I don't really envy you.  Although I am jealous of your extra time in the afternoon.  Anyways...check out my day:

6:00 Alarm goes off.  I get up right away.  Yep, no snooze button for me!

6:00 - 6:50 Shower, hair, get dressed, eat breakfast (oatmeal) and make lunch *Note: there is very little talking between me and hubby at this time.  I'm not awake yet!

6:50 - 7:30 Drive to school, rock out to Lady Gaga and Adele - I'm awake now!

7:30 - 8:45 Get my classroom ready for my kiddos and prepare everything I need for that day's lessons.  Oh, and talk to all my friends! 

8:45 - 9:00 Kiddos arrive, get ready for the day and work on their Morning Journal (they are VERY independent during this part of our day)

9:00 - 9:15 Morning Meeting.  This is my favorite part of the day.  I like having the time to prepare my kids for our day and I have found that it's a huge help in making our day go smoother.  I feel as though it helps our class feel more like a "community."

9:15 - 9:45 Writer's Workshop and (new!) a daily grammar lesson

9:45 - 10:00 Snack and Read Aloud

10:00 - 10: 45 Reader's Workshop.  I love watching the kids read quietly.

10:45 - 11:15 Intervention.  I have issues with this.  But that's a rant story for another day.  I like the idea of intervention/enrichment, just not the way we're doing it.

11:15 - 11:35 Recess (duty, 2x a week)

11:40 - 12:00 Eat and bathroom time (usually ends up being 11:45 - 11:57)

12:00 - 12:35 Spelling.  Switch students with another class.  I have the higher spellers and I love doing different activities with them.

12:35 - 1:17 Math co-taught with my resource teacher - so much fun!

1:17 - 2:03 Specials (library, p.e., music, art, or technology, depending on the day) and planning time for me.  

2:03 - 2:45 Some days this is Science/Social Studies.  Again I've divided up my students with another 2nd grade teacher by overall academic and behavior strengths.  He teaches Science, I teach Social Studies.  We rotate kids every two weeks.  Some days this time is used to do our district-mandated computer programs (again, this is a rant story for another day).

2:45 - 3:00 pack-up, classroom jobs and dismissal

3:00 - 3:15 I clean up my room and prepare it for the next day.

3:15  We are allowed to leave at 3:15 and my goal for the new year is to leave right at this time on most days so that I can get to the gym without feeling completely tired out.  On Sign Language nights and meeting days, I don't leave until 5:30ish.

3:15 - 4:00 Drive to the gym

4:00 - 5:30 Workout!  I rotate through cardio, strength training and yoga.

5:30 - 10:00 Cook dinner (I'm trying to get better at this.  I hate to cook), catch up on my dvr, do some schoolwork, blog and try to stay awake till hubby gets home from his night classes.

10:00 Bedtime!

Don't forget to check out my giveaway here (and an extra way to enter here) before Friday at midnight! (You could win $25 to TpT!)


  1. No snooze for me either...although sometimes out of nowhere I will push the snooze and HATE it when I do.

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. Wow! I am jealous of your late start! I am also super impressed you don't hit the snooze button. I set my alarm clock 10 minutes early just so I can snooze! =)

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

  3. I never push the snooze. I would never get out of bed if I did that! I cannot believe how late you all start. For sure jealous of that!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Miss Klohn
    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

  4. I am so guilty of the snooze button. My fiance actually bought me a clock that runs away from you after you hit the snooze button once. It literally "jumps" off my nightstand and starts rolling under the bed. It was cute for only a day and now I wish it will break soon haha! :)

    I'm having a Scrappin Doodles giveaway on my blog. Hope you can stop over and enter to win! :)

    Second Grade Sugar and Spice

  5. Gosh, I'm jealous of your workout routine! I'm lucky if I get thirty minutes on the treadmill. I love a good workout at the end of the day! Bet the yoga piece is great after a long stressful day with kids.

  6. WOW! You sure start late! I am jealous your kiddos get Art!

    I would love for you to visit me when you get the chance! =)

    I might have some math workstation *freebies* your kiddos can use! =)

    Heather's Heart

  7. We get out at 4:00 and I have to leave right away too! If I don't I feel like my night is wasted! We used to start at 9:00 and got out at 3:30.
    Stories From Second

  8. Thanks for following!

    I can't believe you guys start so late! My kids get in at 7:15 so I get to school around 6:30 (on good days... lately it's been 6:45!). It is nice when the kiddos leave at 2:20 though!

    The Mis-Adventures of a First Year Teacher


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