I am a second grade teacher in central North Carolina. I have taught kindergarten in the past, but I truly love second grade! I am married to the love of my life, and we have two beautiful girls. I earned my bachelor's degree in education and sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2003. After teaching a few years, I returned to school to receive my Master's Degree in Elementary Education in 2009. I love working with children because they love life and each new day is full of promises!
So, Mrs. Klohn over at Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher has created a brand new linky party that is super cool. I haven't done it before now because I've been too busy being nosy and reading other people's posts on the linky party that I haven't had time to do my own...HA! So now's my time to link up...
Here's a typical day for me in second grade... 5:45am--My alarm goes off the first time. 5:55am--My alarm goes off the second time 6:05am--My alarm goes off for the third time...I better get up!! I get ready quietly in my bathroom, as not to wake my children (who drive me crazy with whining when up too early because they are NOT morning people) and my husband (who works until 3am). 6:50am--Get my children up. 7:00am--Target time of leaving my house...but we are usually at least 5 minutes late (If I did not hit my snooze alarm two times, this would not happen :) I also grab whatever is portable to eat in the car as we are racing down the road. 7:10am--Drop my youngest daughter off at daycare. 7:20am--Arrive at school and clock in. My oldest daughter, who is in kindergarten, usually decides she didn't like what I gave her to eat in the car for breakfast (even though she chose it), so instead of arguing with her...remember she is not a morning person...she runs to the cafeteria to get breakfast to bring back to my room. 7:30am--My students arrive. They unpack, make a lunch choice on the SMART Board, copy homework into their agendas, do a math problem for the day, and then start on their weekly morning work page. 7:50am--Late bell rings, and the morning show begins. 8:00am--Phonics lesson time (I have an assistant in the room for an hour now...that's the only time my assistant is in the room during the day.) 8:20am--Calendar on the SMART Board 8:35am--Math 9:45am--Snack and bathroom break 10:00am--Whole group reading activity 10:30am--Literacy centers and guided reading groups (I have a 'helper' for an hour and a half during this time to help with groups. I am so thankful for this!) 11:45am--Recess outside 12:20pm--Lunch time! 1:00pm--Science or social studies time depending on what unit we are on. 1:35pm--Writer's Workshop 2:10pm--Pack up 2:20pm--Car riders dismiss and ALL the bus riders of second grade come to my room...which is like 60 or 70...needless to say it is a CRAZY 10 minutes! 2:30pm--Bus riders dismissed
**Every Tuesday we have specials classes (library, etc.) for an hour in the afternoon, and on Wednesdays, we have 2 hours of planning time each week. 2:45pm--Some days I have a meeting at school during this time...but other days I find myself talking to other teachers instead of working in my room. 3:05pm--My day is officially over and I can clock out, but who really leaves by this time on a daily basis??? I hardly ever leave. Lots of days, espeically if the hubs is working, I'll work until 4 or 5. 4:30pm--Pick up my daughters from daycare and after school care. 4:45pm--I'm home, but now I've got to figure out what to do for dinner. While figuring out what we'll eat, I'll look at my daughter's daily folder from school, finish homework with her if it didn't get done in after school care, and sign any papers that need to be signed. I go ahead and ask her if she wants to eat lunch at school tomorrow so I will be prepared to fix her lunch later or not. 6:00pm--Hopefully I've figured out dinner. If the hubs is at home, I really fix dinner...if not, we have a quick heat up meal in the oven or left overs. (He's on a 4 day on, 4 day off schedule, and I refuse to fix a large meal for two small children and myself...takes up too much time and money!) 6:30pm--Clean up kitchen and perhaps do a load of laundry if the day has gone by smoothly! 7:00pm--Give the girls a bath and get them dressed for the next day...yes, I said the next day. I am the sole person to get the non-morning people up, and one way I tackle this without too many arguments is to already have them dressed the night before...it also cuts down on laundry because they don't wear pajamas too much! I know you think I'm crazy, but anything to help this momma get things done :) 7:30pm--Give the girls a snack before bed, brush teeth, read a bed time story, etc. 8:00pm--Put the girls to bed and then take a bath myself. Pack lunches and set everything on the kitchen counter I will need for the next day at school! I also usually wind up putting my girls to bed two or three times during this time because they keep getting up for random reasons. 8:30pm--Time to sit down and relax...watch television (Bachelor, Big Bang Theory, Hart of Dixie, How I Met Your Mother, Carolina Hurricanes games, etc.), work on the computer, read a book, etc. 10:30pm--Crawl into bed, do my devotions, click on the television and then fall asleep while trying to stay awake watching HGTV.
Well...that makes me tired just thinking about it. So glad we have tomorrow off so I can recuperate from thinking about my normal day :)