Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Day in My Shoes

I'm linking up with Katie Klohn's "A Day in My Shoes"..So here it is...

6:00ish- Wake up, snuggle with my dogs for just a minute...Get ready, make breakfast and lunch and pack them both up.

7:00-I get to school around 7:00 AM. I almost always make oatmeal or smoothies and eat them at my desk at school. I check emails and listen to Ray LaMontange while eating. It is weird, but its just my little ritual...

7:45- Without fail, everyday, some of my students manage to sneak down to my room. We have little talks, and most days I don't mind. The fact that they are happy to be there is a positive in my day.

8:00- The kids come in, announcements, lunch count, pledges, etc. My homeroom packs up and switches to their Math/Science class.

8:15- My other class comes in, I teach a mini lesson or introduce our literacy rotations (My little take on the Daily 5...w such a big class, we can't do the whole go out and then come back to the rug, so we just rotate.)

8:35- Literacy Rotations...My kids rotate through stations that vary from day to day. They have "read to self" and guided reading group everyday. The other two rotations vary between grammar, word work, writing, etc. So, in the morning I meet with all 4 groups.

10:15-The kids go to specials. Lately I have had a meeting or parent conference almost everyday. My school loves us some data meetings, professional learnings, team collaborations etc. There is always something!

11:15- Meet kids in the hall and take them through the lunch line.

11:25- All 5th graders through the line, so then we get to eat. I'm not sure if this makes my school weird, but almost every single teacher, aide, etc eats in the lounge together every single day. I've been at schools where people don't do this, but seriously I LOVE IT. The best laughs of my day come from here!!!

11:55- Pick up students, teach my non-homeroom kids again. This time a history lesson. Or sometimes my lessons are reading and history and they just all run together! :)

12:30-Switch classes, take my homeroom for a restroom break.

12:45-Teach Mini-lesson and begin literacy rotations.

2:25- Begin History Lesson Round 2!

3:00-Catch up on unfinished work, Announcements, pack up, sign "Communication logs" (discipline plan.)

3:10- RECESS!!!

3:25- Dismissal

After dismissal, I spend a bit of time procrastinating by talking to anyone and everyone! But then, I go work for an hour or so!

5:00- Leave school...sometimes I go to the twice a week on a good week...sometimes I go home and jog in my neighborhood.

6:00- I cook dinner while sweet husband unloads the dishwasher or folds laundry in the same room with me. We talk lots, and it is my favorite part of the day. It's the little things. We eat together and then sometimes watch a show together....

7:00- I used to have to go and spend time working on grad school, but since I've finished that I just go off in my cave to watch horrible things on TV, like every BRAVO show and Teen Mom and Revenge. But I read, too, promise.

***Now here's what a day in my shoes is like many many days...My husband's family lives nearby, I have tons of family nearby, and I can convince my mom to come from out of town almost every week or two. (Cough, mom, it's been almost two weeks, cough :)) So, about once a week there is a family event, dinner, visiting my grandmother, me and mom getting pedicures, or something like that going on. We are sort of familyholics, and I like it.

9:00ish--more time with the husband, clean up, snuggle with my puppies. Lights out at 10!!


  1. Hi Casey:
    I loved reading about your day. And I am super glad that grad school is done for you! YAY for more time with the puppies!
    Sending you happy thoughts...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  2. At the school I used to work at (for 13 years!) everyone ate together. Since it was the only school I had ever been in, I thought that was normal. Now that I have moved, I realize that isn't the case. Boy do I miss it!

    Thank you for sharing your day.

    Teaching in Room 6

  3. Yeah for being done with grad school! I start semester two on Saturday. :( Myself and the other 6th grade teachers almost always eat together in our work room, but the other grades on my campus do not do that. We always have some good laughs in there too!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Miss Klohn
    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

  4. Bravo and Teen Mom now that grad school is over?! I knew there was a reason I loved this blog :)
    To The Square Inch

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  6. I would be interested in learning more about your literacy rotations. We are changing things next year and I will be teahing rdg, lang arts and social studies. If you could email me more specific info at I would appreciate it! Thanks!

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