We (teachers) work way too hard! If we can help each other by collaborating, networking, and leaning on one another, our life can be a bit easier.
If you are a veteran teacher, helping others is the best feeling there is. We have been there and probably done that :) If you are a new teacher, you are full of new ideas, so we can learn a ton from you. They way I see it, we can do this teaching thing by being together. Thanks A&A for this great idea!
This month's theme:
Most of tweak our schedules on the yearly basis. I have heard of teachers who are giving pretty specific schedules without the liberty to choose when you want to teach what you must teach. Thankfully I have never worked for a school that dictated that for me. I had to follow time parameters, but the rest was up to me.
My schedule this year looks like this:
School starts pretty early for us (hello, coffee!). 7:20 marks the beginning of carpool. All of our students are carpooled (private school/ no buses). We have 30 minutes for students to unpack, get their materials from their lockers, get ready for their first class, and chat. No morning work.
A couple of things to note:
- I have a homeroom class of 25 third graders.
- Our reading and math classes are grouped homogeneously.
- There are two classes per grade (very small school).
- We switched classes all day according to student's placement.
- Our students are placed in on grade level classes or above grade level classes.
- I work in a year round school (9 weeks on, 3 weeks off - year round & a 5 week "summer" track-out). Teachers get a bit less due to workdays.
- Math begins at 7:50. I am teaching the 'high' level math this year, so instead of teaching third grade math, I teach 4th grade. LOVE it! We have a quick transition break and have snack in our homerooms.
- Cursive handwriting is a biggie this year. No one told me about this when I interviewed. I have the worst cursive handwriting :( #embarrassing We practice almost every day.
- I am teaching history this year (no social studies) to both homeroom classes. We divide our quarter into 4.5 weeks. I teach history for 4.5 weeks and then switch to teach the other class while my teammate teachers my class science.
- We follow very specific programs for our language arts program. I have one hour for reading, half hour for spelling, and half hour for grammar.
- Lunch is in our classrooms (no cafeteria). We have parent volunteers that sometimes come in so I can go to the bathroom :)
- We have 6 specials: Art, Music, Character Education, P.E., Spanish and Technology. I have a nice 45 minute planning time daily and on Friday my kids get two specials #ohyeah
- Our students have time to work on their homework (lots.of.it) during the school day.
- We go out to recess for 30 minutes and return for another history or science lesson. We double up daily to be able to cover our curriculum in 4.5 weeks.
- Dismissal begins at 2:45 and the day is over!
Our days are incredibly busy. By the time I realize you really need to use the bathroom, our kids are packing! Weeks fly by :)
Well, that pretty much covers it. Do not forget to come and joint the newest linky in town ;)