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Monday, April 6, 2015

#2getherwearebetter {My Schedule}

I am joining forces with the #2getherwearebetter linky hosted by Angie and Ashley.

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 ;)


Happy Scheduling!

8 comments:

  1. You are so sweet! Thanks for the shout out and for linking up with us! I teach in a small school too! Your schedule looks interesting with the way you switch with the other classroom. Lunch in the classroom though...I wouldn't be able to make it without that parent volunteer to relieve me! Ha!

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