Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Day In My Shoes ~ Linky Party!

I stumbled upon this Linky Party hosted by Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher in my Google Reader.  I thought this was a fun idea.  It's interesting to see how other teachers' days go!

Here is how it works...

1. Right click and save the button above to put in your post. I
suggest also making the picture a link when you add it so others can
easily find the linky party. (I wish I knew how to write the HTML code
to make it a button)
2. Tell us about a typical day in your classroom. You can share as
little or as much as you would like.
3. Link up with Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher.
4. Visit the other links to see what a day is like in their class!

So...  Here's what a typical school day looks like for me!  (Okay I included the whole day...  Not just the school part of it.)

6:20 a.m. - Cell phone alarm goes off.  Snooze.
6:30 a.m. - Cell phone and clock radio alarms go off.  Snooze again.
6:40 a.m. - Yup, both alarms again.  This time I leave the clock radio on and listen to The Bobby Bones Show as I check my e-mail, Facebook, Google Reader, and Words With Friends on my iPod and catch a bit of the early local news on TV.
6:55 a.m. - Drag myself out of bed and to the shower.  Shower, get dressed, basic makeup, and hair all get accomplished in the next half out.
7:30 a.m. - Out the door and off to school!  Finish my makeup at the stoplights!
7:50 a.m. - If time allows, pop into QT for a nice caffeinated beverage!
8:00 a.m. - Arrive at school, sign in, write daily assignments on the board, plug in my laptop and get ready to start the day!
8:10 a.m. - Open the door to greet my students!  Catch up with the other teachers in my hallway (my classroom is in the corner so we're in a high traffic area) and greet everyone!
8:20 a.m. - School officially starts!  Students are working on morning work and the morning announcements are broadcast on TV.  Meanwhile, I take lunch count and attendance and submit it online.
8:30 a.m. - Reading block begins with a short comprehension page (Daily Reading Warm-Ups book).
8:40 a.m. - Vocabulary from Weekly Reader Daily Vocabulary Practice book followed by our Word-a-Day discussion.
8:55 a.m. - Discuss / review / practice language skill for the week.  (Sometimes we watch a Schoolhouse Rock video clip during this time.)
9:05 a.m. - Word wall activity (game or word wall worksheet).
9:15 a.m. - Fluency practice (partner scripts, poetry, reader's theater, fluency phrases, etc.).
9:25 a.m. - Teacher read aloud and discussion.
9:45 a.m. - Restroom and drink break.
9:50 a.m. - Computer or Library (Attempt to get things done.)
10:25 a.m. - PE or Music  (Attempt to get more things done.)
11:00 a.m. - Reading work stations begin.  Our rotations last about 25 minutes and we do two rotations per day.  The students work in groups of 3 or 4 to complete their activities and assignments.
11:55 a.m. - Conclude work stations, punch work station punch cards for students who completed their tasks, and prep for lunch!
12:00 p.m. - Lunchtime!  Catch up on e-mail, check Facebook, Google Reader and EAT!
12:40 p.m. - Pick the kids up from recess and begin MIRP (monitored independent reading practice).  The kids read self-selected books while I pull individuals to read aloud to me for fluency monitoring.
1:00 p.m. - Math begins!  Right now we spend the first 15 minutes or so reviewing our assessment math boxes and practicing tested items (math boxes are their morning work).
1:15 p.m. - Whole group math lesson officially begins. 
2:00 p.m. - Math centers begin!  Students work in groups of 3 or 4 on various tasks.  (My SpEd and gifted students are out of the room during this time.)
2:30 p.m. - Recess!  Yay!  (I have recess duty every third day, so it's not too bad!)
2:45 p.m. - Students return from recess and prepare to go home...  Copy assignments into planners, receive homework for the night, and pack up backpacks.
3:00 p.m. - Test prep stations.  (As explained here.)
3:30 p.m. - First dismissal bell rings.  Students return from test prep stations and get ready to leave!
3:35 p.m. - Dismissal for upper grades!  Send my class off and welcome my group of 3rd grades for after school tutoring aka TAPS (Mon. thru Thurs.).  Our tutoring focuses on assessment skills with two days of reading and two days of math per week for selected students.  I have about 10 kids in my groups for reading and math.
4:35 p.m. - Say farewell to my TAPS kids...  Attempt to stay at school and get stuff done or leave!
5:something p.m. - Get home, make dinner, watch a DVR'ed episode of "The Wonder Years" and have some bonding time with my couch.
7:something p.m. - Either continue bonding time with my TV and couch or get up and go to the Y for a workout.
10:00 p.m. - Start thinking about bed.  Start watching reruns of "Friends" on Nick @ Nite.
10:30 p.m. - Actually start making my way towards getting ready for bed.  Continue spending time with my "Friends."
11:00 p.m. - Final checkup of Facebook, Words With Friends, e-mail, and Google Reader.  Set the sleep timer on "Friends."  Possibly play "Angry Birds" until I can't keep my eyes open any longer.


  1. Lol, I do the exact same thing before I go to bed! I'm surprised I don't actually fall asleep with my phone in my hand...

    Miss Kindergarten
    My Fabulous Finds

  2. My phone alarm goes off 4 different times to 4 different songs! And I sleep with me phone too! It has been fun to see the times different people start and what some of their "duties" are!

    I am a new follower and would love for you to come visit me! If you need a good laugh, you can read about The Year of the Beaver!

    Heather's Heart

  3. Teacher Read Aloud is probably my favorite time of day. My kids are fixated on me and it is dead silent! I love how into the stories they get! It makes me feel good when I'm reading a novel and they're like, "Just one more chapter!" Melts my heart!

    Ginger Snaps

  4. Love Friends. Love. I need a daily dose, too!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  5. I wish that I had more time to do a read aloud with my 6th graders! I just need to make it happen!

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


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