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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Our First Linky Party!

We figured there's nothing like taking a leap into the Bloggy World like joining a linky party, so here we go..

We're linking up with Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher to show what a day is like in our shoes.

Here's a typical weekday in Halle's shoes:

6:10am- Alarm goes off. Hit Snooze.  Check Facebook on my phone to keep from falling back asleep.
6:20am- Literally roll out of bed.
6:20-7:15am- Do all that "getting ready"stuff. 
7:25am- Text Jenna "Do you want Starbucks?" or "Are you stopping at Dunkin Donuts?" Because, well, I didn't feel like brewing coffe today (and lattes are better than plain, old, coffee anyways)
7:45am- Arrive at school.  Students won't get here till 8:15...I like at least a half hour before they arrive.  Otherwise, I feel rushed.
8:15am-Kids come rolling in, check the SMART Board for the Morning Message and get to work.   For the next 15-20 minutes I'm going through HW Folders, taking lunch count, and doing attendance on the computer. 
8:40am- Morning Meeting.  We do at least a greeting every morning.
8:45-9:10am- Writing.  We're working on Free Choice Pieces right now.  I usually do a mini-lesson and send them off to write for about 10-15 minutes.
9:15-10:10am- Reading.  We use Storytown.  I have been extremely lucky to find files online that a teacher made for the SMART Board, and that takes us through our whole Reading Block.
10:15-10:45am- Our version of the Daily 5.  Students make 2 choices per day.  After doing the Daily 5 this year, I would never go back to regular centers again.
10:50-11:40- Lunch/Gossip Session with Jenna
11:40-11:50- Bathroom Breaks.  Students work on unfinished work, flashcards, or a D5 choice during this time.
11:50-12:20- Social Sciences.  We're finishing up our "Me on the Map" unit.
12:25-1:45- Math.  Math can be a frustrating point of the day for me.  It's hard when I feel like my students just don't get it. Despite so much work with the Number Grid, there are a few kiddos who still aren't getting the concept.
1:45-2:05- Stack'n'Pack (got that term from Cara Carroll ) We've got this pretty much down to a science...but, boy, oh boy, did this take foreverrrrrr at the beginning of the year!
2:06-2:55- Prep.  4 out of 5 days of the week, my kiddos have their special at the end of the day.  I love it.  I have the opportunity to clean up the messes we made all day long, and I know it won't get messed up again once they get back! (Notice I said opportunity...I don't always get it done!)
2:55-3:10- Dismiss class.  We are a walking district.  This means many of my kiddos get picked up by parents...very few are walking home this time of year. 
3:10-4:30- Meet up with Jenna, and our other grade partner, Erica, to talk, vent, or plan, and get a few things done in my room.  I rarely leave school before 4:30.
4:30-10:00- Get things done around the house, spend quality time with Pinterest, and oh, my fiancee and Mac(cat) and Georgie (dog), eat dinner, pack lunch for next day, and hit the sack.

There ya go! Nothing too fancy.  Jenna's days are usually more interesting than mine! 

Well, I hate to disappoint, but here is a typical day in my( Jenna's) shoes:

6:07 Alarm goes off ( I love the number 7...I don't ever roll out of bed at this time but I feel as though this is a good alarm time)

6:20 I FINALLY get out of bed...turtle speed
6:20-7:15 "get ready!" I typically pick my outfit out the night before but somehow I rarely ever manage to wear the outfit I pick!
7:25 if I haven't gotten the Starbucks coffee text from Halle by now, it's not coming! I pour myself an extra large cup of coffee, grab my lunch and gym clothes, and head out to conquer the day!
7:33 Arrive at school, usually carrying 4 bags and nearly falling over..get myself ready for the day and go talk to Halle about our plans to Enhance the minds of second grade!
8:15- Hereee they come!!! The students come in and read the morning message and get started on morning work. They check the board for any intentional mistakes I have made.
8:20- In walks "girlfriend"... With no breakfast or some crazy issue ( Girlfriend is one of my favorites, shes a teeny tiny little thing who drives me nuts, but makes me laugh harder than most adults I know) We get her some breakfast or handle our issue and we're movin on with our day.
8:40- Morning Meeting: We do our greeting, Mrs. Marbles is the popular one
lately. After our greeting we usually play a game or head back to our seats for sparkle!
8:40-9:10- Writing! We are working on similes for our class book and they are hysterical! Some are still completing our heart maps. We are going to start story grabbers next week.
9:10-10:01- After a few minor disruptions ang "gf" outbursts.. We are continuing on! Story town time! I'm not as fortunate as Halle to have a Smart Board, so it's white board time! We review our skills for the week, robust vocab, story, and ocean words.
10:01-10:50- Now that it's January, we've stopped with the infamous "Is it almost lunch time?"
We do centers, our version of the Daily 5! We LOVE this!!!!
10:50-11:40 Gossip/Sanity Sesh with Halle
11:40-12:26-Prep time! Usually running around like a nut figuring things out!
12:26-1:45- dun dun dunnnn... Math time! Like Halle previously stated, math is no walk in the park for us! I actually had a little cutie of mine cry today because she didn't know her facts. It's terribly frustrating because we can't quite figure out what they don't get? I'm hoping ( fingers crossed) this gets easier!!!
1:45-2:06 - We also do a version of Mrs. Carroll's.. We do stack,pack and snack! After we go over homework and we're all stickered, we're allowed to pack and get our snack.
2:06-2:55 Social Sciences time! We are finishing up our "Me on a Map" unit. Some of my little guys didn't know the name of our state! Scary, I know. At this time my 3 inclusion kids are back in my room so we have a full house!
2:55-3:02- Chair up/Line up (unless there is homework club in my room) We begin our trek to the exit where we wait for the parents to come get us. Like Halle said, we're a walking district, some days I'll be waiting for parents til 3:15!
3:15- Meet with Halle and our other grade partner, Erica. We spend some much neede time together venting and assessing our day!
3:45 - ?? Well many days I stay at school til 6. I usually stay til 4:45... Go to boxing at 5 so I can get home and see my hunnie! I still live home, but Ant and I have been looking at houses lately. I'm hoping for a definite soon! Between both of us working 2 jobs ( our 2nd jobs are exact opposite hours), my boxing schedule, his travel schedule, and me consistently doing school work...I don't get to spend much time with him. Needless to say, we're ready to move out! For now, my "me" nights are spent on the couch with Kaimana, watching Criminal Minds or Hawaii 5-0 and grading! I'll keep you posted on the house hunt!


  1. I have to have at least 30 minutes before the kiddos get there too! I just feel so behind all day if I do not.

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

  2. Thanks for stopping by, and for hosting such a fun linky party!


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