I sit here smiling as I write this post because today is the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! This has been the hardest year yet, and the feeling of survival it is overwhelming!
Now on to blogging. Being a full time teacher/blogger is fulfilling, but a lot of work! I am looking forward to spending my summer focusing on my blog. Since I encourage all teachers to blog for money, I think Day 12 is the perfect day to let you in on the reality of teacher blogging.
5:20 am- Alarm goes off.
5:30 am- Alarm goes off again (I hit snooze…)
5:40 am- Wait for it- alarm goes off yet again. I really get up this time.
5:40-6:45 am- Take a shower, brush my teeth, get dressed, wake the kids, get them ready, eat breakfast, drink a cup or four of coffee, make lunch, and finally get everyone loaded in the car.
6:45-7:30am- Drop everyone off at their designated areas, and make my way to school.
7:30 am- Set up my classroom, shoo any students who are not where they should be away, and make my way to my duty station.
7:48 am- Students are sent out of the duty areas, and I go to my classroom to stand in the doorway and greet them.
7:55-9:48 am- Teach two classes of math.
9:48-10:46 am- Planning period. Although this is my planning, I still have to call parents, answer emails, visit students in ISS, sit in on meetings, make copies, and also use the restroom and have a snack. If I finish all of this in time, I may be able to grade some papers.
10:46-12:41 pm- I teach an enrichment type class, and my beloved ProTeam course. The enrichment course is tough, but the ProTeam one is one of the highlights of my day!
12:41-1:40pm- LUNCH! I am starving by this time. I walk the students to lunch, make sure they get their trays and sit in the right spot. I then heat my lunch, supervise students as I eat, finish eating in time to take them and myself to the restroom, and then take them back to class around 1:25. During this time, I supervise them as they go to their lockers.
1:40-3:36pm- Teach two more classes of math.
3:36-4:00 pm- The dismissal bell rings at 3:36, but we wait in the classroom with our bus students until their buses are called over the intercom.
4:00pm-5:30 pm- Tutor, grade papers, organize my room, prepare for my next lesson, respond to parents, and joke with my teacher friends before heading home.
5:30-6:00 pm- Drive home.
6:00 pm- Walk in the house and eat whatever my husband has made for me. My husband works a graveyard schedule, so he is the one to pick the kids up, make sure homework is completed, and feed everyone.
6:30-9:30 pm- Sit at the computer to work on my blog. I check my stats, show people that I am still alive on social media, and write/schedule posts.
9:30 pm- Take a shower, make sure the kids have everything together, and get in the bed. If I have any energy left, I will read a book or watch a little television. Then I go to sleep and do it all over again the next day.
As you can see, teacher/bloggers have very full days! However, my family and I make concessions for this because we have a common plan. We know what we are working towards, and know that if we keep at it we will meet our goals. So, teachers who are considering blogging, it may not be easy but in the long run it will be worth it.