Miscellaneous · Teaching

Day in the Life of a Teacher

Marathon training is over but I’ve been running here and there.  I was supposed to run the RnR Las Vegas Half Marathon but decided not to go.  I’ve run this race in the past and honestly I did not want to go alone.  There is nothing wrong with it (I’ve done it many, many times before) but I had no desire to go alone.  I know I would meet people but it would be different.  Plus, I would be saving money.

I enjoy reading “Day in the Life” posts.  I have thought about writing one but never got around to it.  Well, I finally sat down and wrote one.  

Work has been keeping me busy and it is pretty much the same everyday.  Not very exciting but I do have my moments/days when my kids crack me up and/or make me scratch my head numerous times.


Here is a typical day for me (I chose Thursday):

6:00-6:30 AM
My alarm goes off, I shower, get ready, make coffee, gather my lunch and work bag and I am out the door.  It takes me about 10-15 minutes to get ready.  Some days I do not want to get up (usually Fridays because by then I am exhausted).  Sometimes I stop at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donut for a coffee.  Every two weeks on payday we have “Breakfast Club” where staff members bring in breakfast for us to eat.  I love it!  

7:00-8:30 AM
I arrive at school around 7.  I live 6 miles from my school and there is minimal traffic in the morning which makes it for an easy commute.

During this time I eat breakfast, drink coffee, check work email, make copies, talk to colleagues, go to bathroom, and get ready for the day.  I also listen to Amazon Prime Music to get pumped up.


8:30-8:40 AM
The bell rings at 8:30 to let the kids in the school.  Every 3 weeks I have hallway duty and I have to be monitoring the hallway.  If I am not on duty, then I make a last minute attempt to use the bathroom and make copies.

8:40-11:05 AM
Kids come in at 8:40 and they read or do some other assigned work while I take attendance, do lunch count, and collect homework.  My kids have reading in the morning till 10:20.  We have whole group instruction for the 1st  period (each one is 45 minutes) and then small group instruction for the 2nd period.  Then we have writing till 11:00.

At 11:00 they line up in alphabetical order, grab there sweater or a jacket, and their lunch (if necessary) and we head downstairs to the gym/cafeteria for lunch.


11:05-11:35 AM
Lunch time!  I go back to my room and eat my sandwich while I prepare things for Math and Science.  I also quickly check Facebook and email.  At 11:30 the bell rings which means I have 5 more minutes till the next bell rings.  I use the bathroom, stop at the office to check my mailbox, and head to the door to pick up the students. 


11:40 AM-12:45 PM
Math.  My favorite subject.  Right now they’re working on fractions.  We are supposed to only teach 1/2, 1/3, and 1/4 but I am expanding a little more and teaching 5/8, 1/6, 2/7, etc, etc. They’re getting pretty good at identifying and figuring out fractions.  Personally I find this unit boring.  This unit also covers figures and shapes and to me it is still BORING.  Thank goodness the next unit will cover addition, subtraction and solving word problems.


12:45-1:15 PM
Power 1/2 Hour.  We use our Surface Pro tablets to log into Imagine Learning (a tool to teach language and literacy through engaging, interactive instruction).  We do this twice a week.  On the other 3 days we log into Khan Academy.  The concept is the same as Imagine Learning but it gears towards Math.

1:15-2:00 PM
In Science we are learning about the Water Cycle.  Very interesting conversations with 2nd graders about where water comes from and where it goes.  Luckily they like it and are ready to learn more about it.  We also review a few vocabulary words. They’re written the words on index cards so now we talk about each word and use it in a sentence.

At 1:50 or 1:55 they stop working to gather homework, color their triangle in their behavior calendar, get book bag and sweater/jacket and leave their stuff ready before their Special.  Every day is different for them (Monday-PE; Tuesday-Music; Wednesday-Art; Thursday and Friday-Computers).

I leave the classroom so that the teacher can teach (except for Monday because they go to the gym and my room is available).  I usually go to the teacher’s lounge to work except on Wednesdays (2nd grade bilingual teachers collaboration) and Thursday (meeting with all 1st and 2nd grade teachers on various topics such as math, reading, technology, or RtI).  

2:45 PM
Bell rings and it is time to head back to classroom and get ready to leave.  Kids put chair up on desk, put on jacket and book bag, and line up.

2:50 PM
Bell rings again and I head downstairs to dismiss students.  They line up again and I make sure they leave with someone I know that is authorized to pick them up.  I stay there till every student is picked up.  Sometimes if it is too cold or raining I head to an indoor area in the school to stay warm/dry.


I go back to my room to work.   I work on substitute lesson plans since I have a training the next morning and will not be at work.  At 6:30 I am supposed meet my running group, Chi City Running Club, for a run.  However, I am not feeling well and I am starving.  I leave hoping to get home and eat something before heading out to run.  Unfortunately, I eat but then have no desire to run.  Sometimes I stop at Walmart or Target to pick up things I need for school/home.  Once home, I say “Hi” to Lola and catch up with her.  When my mother was here she would make dinner almost almost every day and I would go downstairs to get something to eat.

After dinner I do more grading or watch TV.

9:00-10:00 PM
I go to bed to catch up on reading my magazines and watch TV.  I read for a little but am too tired so I turn off the lights and go to sleep.

I do like my job.  I do get very tired (mentally) but I find it to be very rewarding as well.  I do dislike it when I get asked to do some other stuff that isn’t really teaching related (at least I don’t think it is) or to gather data, data, and more data.



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I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.

Hoping everyone had a good week!



Medals and Bibs Holder

I did it!  I made my own medals and bibs holder!

Medals and Bibs Holder

On Thursday I went to Michaels and bought paint, brushes, nails, decorations (stars), and three pre-cut boards. I painted the boards on Friday and applied a coat of Super Gloss Mod Podge so that they would look shiny and let them dry overnight.  Yesterday I added the hooks (from Target) and stars.

Medals and Bibs Holder

I have a lot of medals and the same number of bibs.  So, one holder won’t be enough and I definitely need more for the medals.

Medals and Bibs Holder

Since I had another board, I painted that white and added a coat of clear paint with glitter.  I cannot wait to see the final results!
Medals and Bibs Holder


It was fun doing these because my nephew helped me and I have plenty of time right now. However, I saw some other cute ones on Etsy and might buy 1 or 2 or I might just buy more boards and make them myself.  At least I’ll save money because I have most of the materials and I definitely have time right now.

Thanks to PavementRunner for inspiring me and giving me direction to make them.


Fort 2 Base Race

Fort 2 Base Race

Have you ever ran 10 nautical miles?  Neither have I.  It is actually 11.5 miles and this distance fascinates me.  I LOVE half marathons and have ran quite a few of them.  On August 25th I will be running the 3rd annual Fort2Base Race (11.5 miles).  The race will start in Fort Sheridan and end at Naval Station Great Lakes.  There is also a 3 nautical miles (3.45) race for those that want to run a race similar to a 5K.

Why should you register for this race?

  • You are guaranteed a personal best if you have never participated in a 10 nautical mile or 3 nautical mile race before
  • It is the only event open to the public on Naval Station Great Lakes this year
  • Lots of food, music, and entertainment for the whole family
  • Finisher medals for both events handed to you by an officer in the military
  • Brand new course for both distances
  • Lots of FREE parking
So what are you waiting for?  Sign up today and join me to run along scenic and beautiful North Shore.  It will be a fun race and you won’t be disappointed!
Just Keep Running!