Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Day in the Life of an Educator

The #MTBoS challenge asked us to share One Good Thing or A Day in the Life of an Educator.  I am choosing:

Sunday 1/10/16

Interesting that this comes during this week which is going to be about as crazy as my life gets.  I teach 5 classes, 3 different preps.  I am also the Math Dept. Chair in my school, because I was the last one to my finger to my nose....I have been doing it for years and years, and can't seem to get anyone else to do it, even though as Dept. Chair you get one extra prep period every other week.  I mean, who WOULDN'T want this job?

I am choosing Thursday of this week.

  •  4:45 a.m : Alarm smash.  I hit the alarm so it doesn't wake hubby.  Lie in bed and try to remember what day of the week it is!
  • 4;55 a.m.  Crank the wood stove, feed cats, make my sandwich, get dressed, "get pretty" as @mathymeg07 says!
  • 5:45 a.m. Out the door.
  • 6:15 a.m.  Arrive at school.  Turn on my two computers, post the agendas for the day, type up that quick quiz I thought up in the shower.  Dash to the one (yes, one) photo copier in the faculty room, before the science teachers and history teachers get there! :)
  • 7:10 a.m. Look over the teacher dashboard of the two classes that did Match My Line on Teacher Desmos yesterday...figure out who is still having difficulty graphing lines.
  • 7:35 a.m.  Pre-Cal students arrive in class.  Do review games, practice a little of everything we did.  This class was very interrupted this week because of field trips (2).  
  • 9 a.m.   Pre-Cal ends.  I have 1.5 mins to check email before the first kid arrives for the next class.
  • 9:03 a.m. High five my Alg 1 kiddos.  Today we are reviewing graphing lines and playing Match My Line (started yesterday, but didn't get too far.)  For those who finish, we'll try Marble Slides!  Very needy bunch.  Am blessed to have an aide in this class (former student of mine, studying to be a math teacher!)
  • 10:30 a.m.  Class ends.  This is when my lunch time is scheduled!  Mostly I use this 25 mins. to catch up on emails, enter grades, put hwk up on Google Classroom, OR clean up from the first Alg 1 class and get ready for the next one.
  • 10:35 a.m.  Stand at door and high five the next group of Alg 1 students.  Same schedule as the first one, but a smaller class.
  • 12:15 p.m.  Tell the Alg 1 kiddos I love them, but it's time for them to move along to their next class.  Now is my prep.  Correct that Quick Quiz I made for the Alg 1 cherubs (to see how they are doing with lines), get ready for tomorrow, send a few emails about our Credit for Life Fair that we do for our entire senior class in the spring.  Realize I haven't used the rest room since 7 a.m, and leave my room for the first time since 7:15 this morning.  Oh look:  there are ADULTS out here!!  Have quick conversation with a couple of them.
  • 1 p.m.   Oh look!  Here come the bus drivers to have a meeting in the only empty room in the school:  mine.  They said it was ok if I stay and work at my desk.
  • 1:40 p.m.  My second group of Alg 1 students are back in my room for a 45 min. study hall.  I also have seniors here doing a study group for tomorrow's assessment.
  • 2:25 p.m.   School is out.  I dash out the door to be ahead of the buses because I have to get to the local university.
  • 3:10 p.m.   Arrive at the university, Am presenting to a group of 20-25 teachers grades 8-12. Pray that all the technology will work.  Deep doo-doo if it doesn't!
  • 4 p.m.  Sharing the Desmos love to these teachers.  This is the second time we are meeting.  The first time they got to learn how to use Desmos and discovered what it can do.  THIS time we are playing with Teacher Desmos and figuring out how it helps students model mathematics.
  • 7 p.m.  Finish up the seminar, go to the dinner that accompanies this professional development. 
  • 8:10 p.m.  Drag my butt through the door: greet hubbie and dog.  Unpack my stuff, repack my lunchbox for tomorrow.  Cuddle up to the woodstove and exchange "how was your day"s with hubbie. I see that my "mother of the groom" dress finally arrived!  TOO tired to try it on....
  • 8:30 p.m.  Hit the shower, pick out clothes for tomorrow.  Wonder if I actually remembered to print tomorrow's assessment.  Wonder if the million steps I took during the seminar counts toward #FitBos!
  • 9:15 p.m.  Sit down to finish typing up my day.  
  • 9:45 p.m.   Stop pretending to do anything constructive.  Fill the wood stove so it will make it through the night.  Go to bed.

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