A lot of people have been asking me lately what a typical day looks like for me.
Actually, no one has ever once asked me that.
But I'm going to tell you anyway. Because I thought it might be interesting to know how a full time teacher, sometimes blogger, always tired female like myself manages her week days. And if it's not interesting to you, good for you, you've obviously got a more exciting life than the rest of us.
6:20 am First alarm goes off. I hit snooze.
6:25 Second alarm goes off. I hit snooze.
6:30 Third alarm goes off. I get up. Most days. My morning routine has been chiseled down and perfected to allow for the absolute maximum of sleeping time. I brush my teeth, put on clothes that have been laid out the night before, comb my hair, and grab the lunch that I prepared the night before. Every morning for breakfast I have milk and instant breakfast which I take with me in my car. My entire "get-ready-for-the-day" drill takes 12-15 minutes. Amazing, really.
6:45 Head to work. Drink instant breakfast in the car. Put makeup on in the car or right when I get to work.
7:00 Arrive at work. School starts at 7:50, but my contract time goes from 7:00-3:00. I use the 45 minutes of time before class starts to get myself ready and organized for classes. If it's end of the quarter there are students who straggle in with homework assignments or wanting help, but most of the time it's pretty quiet in the mornings. I check my email, make any copies I need, finalize lesson plans, write my objectives on the board, etc.
7:50 First period starts. My first class is juniors. Classes are 85 minutes long and I usually try to break the time up into three main activities of 20-30 minutes. Today the first section involved a ten minute writing prompt (how they start every class), passing back some tests and going over answers, and looking at their grades. The second section of class was an activity and discussion on "conformity" (we're finishing up a unit on transcendentalism.) The third section of class was a short video clip and power point on Emily Dickinson.
9:25 Second period starts. For me, this is a prep period. I have 85 minutes to plan my lessons, (depending on the day I have to get either one or two lesson plans ready) grade papers, update scores on the computer, respond to parents' emails, etc. It seems like it would be plenty of time but this year I have felt very crunched on my teacher prep time. If I have already taught a unit before the planning and preparation is quick and easy, but if I haven't taught it before (my entire AP class, my current unit on transcendentalism) it takes a lot longer to get plans together.
10:49 Lunch! I know lunch in the 10 am hour seems awfully early, but I'm always starved by this time since I ate breakfast four hours ago. Nine times out of ten I try to go to the teacher lounge to get a break from classroom stuff and teenagers. It's nice to talk to adults and it's nice to talk about stuff other than school. We do talk shop a little, but generally we talk about tv or why we're mad at our mother in laws or the crazy thing we saw at the grocery store yesterday. I really value this time to unwind and connect with my co workers.
11:25 Third period starts. This is my AP class. Our class today involved 1) a multiple choice practice test. Afterward the students were allowed to get in groups of four and combine their brains to try to come up with the right answer 2) Reading and discussion of The Death of a Salesman. We are reading the play out loud together in class- we read about 25 pages a class period. 3) Teaching of poetry words that they may likely see on the test like meter and metonymy and synechdoce. Eighty five minutes seems like a long time to have class but by breaking it up into chunks the time seems to fly by and I swear we never get everything done I had planned.
1:00 Fourth period starts. These are my seniors. The class today was 1) Write opening prompt, collect final poems and introduce student teacher 2) Introduce mini research project and give students guidelines and criteria and 3) Allow students time to work on chrome books to find a topic they want to research and write their thesis statement.
2:25 Final bell rings. Hallelujah! If it is end of the quarter like this week 2:25 means that the real zoo begins as there is a sudden influx of students wondering when I am going to grade their essay, why they missed three points on their poem, and can they still make up the test from last month? I am lucky if I get anything productive done after school. Usually it is help students and if there is extra time sit in my chair and stair aimlessly at the wall.
3:00 Contract time ends- work day is over. I try really really hard to leave at 3:00 on most days. Depending on how much work I have coming in, I can. I love teaching and I am so grateful for my job, but it is my job. It is not a calling or a ministry and I get paid 40 hours a week to do my job so I try my darndest to work 40 hours a week and not put in overtime. I'm afraid of burn out. I've seen too many teachers who hate their job and hate the students and are bitter at the whole institution of public education for working them into the ground with hardly a thank you. I don't want that to be me, so when it's 3:00 I go home regardless of how much work is waiting for me. (Unless it's end of quarter. Not much I can do there.)
3:10 Small errand. It seems like I always have something small to get done out and about and I try to do this before I go home so I don't have to do go out again. Run through the bank, stop for a gallon of milk, you know.
3:30- 4:00 Get home. Greg beats me home three days out of the week and on these days he usually starts on dinner. The days that I come home first I try to make dinner or we grab something quick.
4:00- 5:00 The lost hour. I swear, I never know what happens during this time. Nothing productive that's for sure. Sometimes I watch mindless TV, sometimes I take Maverick for a walk. Usually I scroll social media in a stupor. I am trying to make it less social media, but sometimes you just need to veg.
5:00- 6:00 Eat dinner, clean up, hang out with Greg. This is the only time of the day that I am guaranteed to see Greg as our schedules are usually pretty opposite.
6:00 Greg goes to rehearsal or to a performance most nights. The nights that he is off we usually try to watch a movie or do something together. The nights that he are gone I use to work on blog stuff. I try to have my blog post done by 7:00 or 8:00 and then there are blog emails, correspondence, projects, reading other blogs, etc. It always takes longer than I plan on it taking
9:00 Shower, blow dry hair and get ready for bed. If there is time I try to watch something on TV or read.
10:00 In bed. I tell myself I don't actually have to go sleep at 10:00 as long as I am in bed and unwinding. I try to read 3 or 4 pages of scripture, and then I read my book of choice while trying to wait up for Greg who gets home around 10:30. Usually I will talk to him until 11:00 or so until I pass out.
6:30 am And we start all over again
There it is folks. The day in the life of a teacher. Bet you never thought it could be so interesting. Before you go I have one awesome little blogger I want to introduce you to. Kylie is a college blogger on a low budget, keeping it relatable for blog readers. She is funny and easy to connect to and always honest. I love that she doesn't try to make her life look more glamorous than it is, but she pokes fun at the every day and mundane. I loved this post where she confesses her love for her pillow pet (who doesn't love a pillow pet?!) and this post having to do with the ridiculous dating magazine at BYU, her college. And of course, if you are a Bachelor lover there is this hilarious Bachelor recap from this week. You can also find Kylie on Instagram, obviously!