For all those people who believe that teachers arrive at 9:00 and leave at 3:00, here is my typical day. This is my normal Monday schedule!
6:30 A.M. begin 45-minute commute to school
7:15 A.M. arrive at school; make copies, prepare for day’s lessons, and activities
7:40 A.M. one last bathroom break
7:45 A.M. greet students at door
Commence endless questions and random observations from students.
Take attendance, collect money, forms for office, monitor morning procedures, etc.
8:15 A.M.-9:15 A.M. 5th grade science
This week we are studying force and motion.
9:15 A.M-10:15 A.M. 7th grade science
We are currently studying atomic theory.
10:15 A.M.-11:15 A.M. 8th grade science
We are currently studying physical and chemical properties.
11:15 A.M.-11:45 A.M. 6th grade homeroom
Back in my homeroom class, students are called to lockers and then we continue with vocabulary class.
11:45 A.M. time to get ready for lunch, pass out lunch cards, choose students that get to play on the playground, get jackets and recess toys
11:50 A.M. supervision of students for bathroom break
11:55 A.M.-12:15 P.M. lunch-20 minutes to head to the bathroom, my mailbox, and scarf my lunch down
12:15 P.M.-12:40 P.M. recess-teachers are responsible for supervising their own classes at recess
12:45 P.M.-1:00 P.M. Sustained Silent Reading time
1:00 P.M.-2:00 P.M. 6th grade science
We are finishing up a unit on physical and chemical changes.
2:00 P.M.-2:45 P.M Junior High Advisory
We work with small, mixed groups of 5th-8th graders on additional reading and math skills.
2:45 P.M.-3:00 P.M. Pack up and dismissal
3:00 P.M.-3:15 P.M. Dismissal/Teachers are responsible for being with their students for these 15 minutes waiting for parents to pick them up. Any students not picked up are sent to aftercare.
3:15 P.M.-4:30 P.M. Faculty meeting
4:30 P.M. time to leave–with a bag full of papers to grade
7:00 P.M.-8:15 P.M. grading papers, other school work at home
This schedule is a typical day and is generally my regular Monday schedule.
By my count, I work 10.5 hours between the regular school day, before and after school, and at home! Here’s to those naysayers that I don’t put in enough hours!
How about you? How many hours are you putting in?
Let us know in the comments.