Wednesday, December 17, 2008

2 days

Many of my non-educator friends love to tease me about how "easy" my job must be and that they would love to "have the whole summer off". I want to share a snippet in the day of Mrs.D, 8th grade science teacher:)

6:00 am - Hit the snooze button about 2 times.
6:20 am - Drag my lazy self into the shower...only turning on half the bathroom lights to allow my eyes to adjust. Will rolls out of bed and gets Maddie up and gets her dressed for school.
7:00 am - This is the time we should be out the door but I am making my coffee, Will is getting Maddie's breakfast together, and Maddie is running around doing whatever she feels is important.
7:15 am - We are finally out the door and we wave goodbye to daddy!
7:50 am - Get to the church, take Maddie and all her stuff into the building...put stuff in cubbie, log in medication, give hugs and kisses and I'm out the door!
8:10 am - I am about 5 minutes late to work...I rush past the office and hope the principals didn't see me!
8:11 am - There are about 5 kids sitting in the hall by my door waiting for me. ( They are supposed to wait in the gym so how are they always here?)
8:12 am - Let the kids in my room, drop off my stuff and head to the gym to get the rest of my tutorial kids. ( I have tutorials on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings)
8:14 am - Try to organzie the kids, figure out what they need and start helping them with their assignments, making corrections, re-teaching etc...
8:40 am - The bell rings and here come all the kids...I realize that because I was late I forgot to pick up my roll sheets...head to the office aviod all the kids in the hall(good luck) grab sheets, sign in, and head back to class.
8:50 am - 1st period starts and I have my next break @ 12:15
9:41 am - 2nd period...I need to go to the bathroom but I can't go now! This class might cause an explosion!
10:33 am - 3rd period...29 kids in this class...the biggest one I have this year (thank you shelley and joni!) but man...they are sitting everywhere! Really I have no empty seats folks!
11:25 am - 4th period ok now I really need to go to the bathroom but there is just no time!
12:15 pm - I have taught 4 classes and now I have 20 minutes to eat my lunch and call that parent back...:)
12:35 pm - head to office to talk to my AP about a situation
12:45 pm - cafeteria duty...yes that's right! good times!! I have 35 minutes of cafeteria duty during my conference period. During my duty time We'll have about 300 kids come's loud...the cafeteria is designed to only seat about 250 so we have to get them in and get them out.
1:20 - Done with cafeteria duty...head back to room to get the tests I need to grade, go to workroom, fight with the scan-tron machine, cuss a little bit give up and head back to room. Check email, grade papers, enter grades online, return the 20 emails I missed while on duty, call parents and try to get caught up on lesson plans. Chances are I have to sit in on an ARD meeting, help cover a class, or meet with my dept. head about testing or district stuff.
2:00 pm - 6th period (duhm duhm duhm) this is the most insane time of the day regardless of the class I have because it is the period after lunch and they are so hyped up I'm not sure we'll survive this!
2:58pm - 7th period - the end is in sight! whew! I think I forgot to go to the bathroom and now I have to wait until 3:50! urgh!!!!!
3:50 pm - bell rings and class is over. I rush to the bathroom and head to my duty spot outside...I get to direct traffic once a week in front of the school! It's madness!!!
4:00 pm back into the building, grade more papers, call more parents, answer more emails, put my head on my desk and yearn for coffee and chocolate!
5:00 pm - tear myself away from my desk/meetings and head to get's been a long day for both of us.
6:00 pm - finally home and we are all beat. Throw something together for dinner and work in some play time for Maddie then its bath, brush teeth, take medicine, read stories and bed time.
10:00 pm - head to bed to do it all over again.

This is not to make anyone feel bad for me because I LOVE my job but let me tell you...I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE HOLIDAY BREAK!!!!!!!

:D I had to post this picture because she is just such a happy girl!


GOZA said...

Amen, sister.

Melissa said...

And that is a good day I bet! Teachers have a special job that not everyone can do. I know my kids are hard and I can't imagine dealing with everyone's kids all day. God bless ya! Hope you get to have some much deserved down time in the next couple of weeks!!!

Merry Christmas!

Pam said...

Really, people who aren't teachers have no clue! I hope you are enjoying your Christmas break!