A Day in the Life - Fall 2022

by - November 10, 2022

It's been awhile since I did a day-in-the-life post, so I thought it was a good time for one, especially since the last time I did one I was still working at home. So here's a look at a typical day for me now that I'm teaching. One thing to note before we dive in is that I live and work in two different time zones, so I subconsciously swap back and forth depending on the time of day. Here we go!

November 9, 2022

4:30 a.m. - My alarm goes off. As you should expect of me by now, I don't get up automatically.

4:45 a.m. - I finally get out of bed and head into the bathroom where I do makeup and hair. That takes about 15 minutes. Then I get dressed for the day.

5:15 a.m. - Time to wake up Alexis. If possible, she's even less of a morning person than I am. We get her dressed, morning medicine, teeth brushed, hair fixed, etc. etc.

5:20-25ish - I pack Alexis's lunch for school, make sure her bookbag is ready to go, go outside to start my car so the windows aren't foggy, and make my coffee to go.

5:30 - We leave for school. It's about a 40-minute drive. The time changes when we cross the river, so 6:00 a.m. becomes 7:00 a.m.

7:15 a.m. - I drop off Alexis at school then head to work.

7:20 a.m. - I arrive at the middle school, clock in, unlock my classroom, get my computer up and running, run up to the workroom to make some copies I forgot the day before and use the bathroom before kids start arriving.

7:30-7:45 a.m. - Students are starting to come in. I stand outside my door and greet them as they come in while also monitoring the hall.

8:00-8:30 a.m. - This is what we call Learning Blitz. It's basically homeroom, but each day has a specific focus. On Wednesdays, students work in a math program to help reinforce the skills they learn in class. This is also when we watch the student morning show.

8:30-9:50 a.m. - First Block. Today, we reviewed for an upcoming test on sentence structure. I realize that seems like a long time to review one thing, but by the time you take away time for a bathroom break, it's really not.

9:50-10:00 a.m. - Class change. This is always a bit hectic. My students go to the classroom directly next door, so I get them lined up outside that door while we wait for the classroom to empty. Usually my next class arrives midway through this process.

10:00-11:15 a.m. - Second block. This class also reviewed for the test over sentences. Then we transitioned to an activity with the play we've been reading, The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street. We ended the class by working on a narrative essay. This class also has a bathroom break built in, as well as time to go to lockers.

11:15-20 a.m. - My second class goes to their lockers and then to their last block of the day.

11:20-25 - My third block class drops off their stuff for class, then I take them to the connections hall for their extra classes (art, PE, etc.).

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - This is my first planning period. Yes, I know that's weird, but my planning is split in two. Today, I had an ELA meeting with the department head and the other seventh grade ELA teacher.

12:15-45 p.m. - Lunch

12:45-1:25 p.m. - Second planning. It's progress report time, so I spent this time putting in grades.

1:25-3:00 p.m. - Third Block. This class looked a lot like my second block.

3:00-3:10 p.m. - Students are dismissed at 3:00. It takes no more than ten minutes for all students to be out of the building most days. All seventh grade teachers have hall duty during dismissal because we're on the main hall to the buses.

3:10-4:45 p.m. - Alexis had after school, so I used the extra time to get all my grades put in for progress reports.

4:50 p.m. - I pick up Alexis from after school and we drive home. It takes about 40 minutes. The time changes back when we cross river.

4:30 p.m. - I had a headache pretty much all day and didn't feel like cooking, so we hit up the Zaxby’s drive-thru and brought supper home. After we ate, we took the dog on a walk. Then I worked on finalizing my progress reports. We found out that Thursday would be a half day due to weather, so I spent some time getting makeup work together for all my students. Alexis showers and gets into her PJs while I work.

7:35 p.m. - Chris gets home from work. We hang out as a family until about 8:00, when it's time for Alexis to go to bed. We read a book together, then say goodnight.

8:15-45 p.m. - After Alexis is tucked in, I take a bubble bath to relax before bed. While I'm in there, I add a bunch of books to my TBR list.

8:45-9:00 p.m. - Chris and I hang out in bed before he takes a shower, then we both went to sleep pretty early.

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