I’m linking up with my girl Jen for Motivation Monday and sharing a little about my daily schedule!
This week I am sharing our daily schedule. Our schedule changes each and every year…I am undecided whether I like that or not, but you’re never stuck with an unfortunate schedule forever I suppose! Our teacher day begins at 7:00 AM…yep, that’s early! We can leave at 3:00 PM, so it has it’s advantages!
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When the kids get to school, they grab breakfast (we are low income and have “universal breakfast” which means it’s free for all). They bring it to the room and work on their Early Bird morning work. I have used the same morning work for 5 years now. I know many teachers are going to paperless morning work, and I am super proud of you. But that will not be me. I am not a morning person you see. That’s why I always ask for our planning time early so I have a chance to become a happy teacher! Students can wander in anytime from 7:05-7:25 and the morning work keeps them busy. The only kids that seem not to finish are my pretend workers, and I also give “dots” for secret things I’m looking for (see below), so it works out. If they finish early they can partner read. This is a good incentive because they love it. I also introduced some puzzles and STEM toys around January that some kids whose to do. Some favorites this year were Dog Pile, Star Wars lenticular puzzles I had laying around the house, and Lego Creator sets. We are adding STEM Bins this year too!
What I mean by dots…this is from the Teacher Tipster! Plus I am giving Dojo points all morning from my phone!
Block is what we call our art, drama, PE, and music classes…specials or whatever you call them! We have an ABCD schedule and each Friday is different. Not much to explain here! It is also our planning, PLC, grade level meeting time which we have TWICE per week this year.
We just adopted Envision Math, so math will be a tad different this year. I really know nothing about it other than it’s a huge student book! Over the past year we used Magic of Math and absolutely loved it! My grade level went through the book and made a pacing guide to match Magic of Math. We had a daily word problem in our math notebooks, a minilesson, a game or partner practice, then an interactive notebook entry. I will definitely be keeping the same setup no matter what we are using and filling in with Envisions as we go.
Our school uses Fountas and Pinnell LLI kits for guided reading in grades K-3. So my guided reading is very easy! Everything is laid out, I go and get the lesson folders each Monday and I’m ready. There is no setup and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I meet with two groups each day and I have a tutor that meets with two groups each day. So every child has guided reading every day. When my highest readers go far enough in the lessons, I may begin using other resources like the Carson Dellosa readers I have or a novel unit. When kids are not in a group, they are doing seat work, usually from Rooted in Reading lesson, or a review page…something for me to grade. Then they read to self. I may end up switching the whole group reading to BEFORE guided reading, but for now it comes next.
Like I mentioned above, we use Rooted in Reading for whole group. It has fiction, nonfiction, writing, and grammar so again, I don’t have to think about it and it’s good stuff! Win-win! We do a new book each week and I add in other picture books each day.
This is honestly my least favorite time of day, but it’s not optional! ROAR is our schoolwide intervention. Kiddos in RtI go to a tutor and the rest go to one of my teammates for either enrichment or some extra practice. I really do not know why I dislike it, but I do! Probably because I need this time with a smaller group myself!
Not much to say here. We have to eat in the cafeteria, but I sit with my teammates. It’s loud as crap. the end.
I don’t miss recess. like ever. If it’s raining, we play indoors. Out side we have a huge field, some soccer goals that they use for climbing and a track they use for talking! I usually give a rcess weather update on snapchat if you follow me! ha!
My favorite time of day! We come in after recess and restroom break and we don’t turn the lights back on. Usually for the rest of the day depending on what we are doing. I read a chapter book aloud and they may lie on the rug and listen or draw at their seat. Only rule-NO TALKING. It’s like the only time I”m serious about talking. What do we read? I start with Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and in no particular order I read The BFG, Stone Fox, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The One and Only Ivan, and sometimes The Best School Year Ever or a Lulu book.
We use FOSS Science kits for some units, but I pretty much use my own science units during this time. I made them for my kids so I know it’s what we need! I teach Matter and Changes, Life Cycles, Air and Weather, and Sound Energy throughout the year. This year we decided to save money and only get the life cycles kit so we could still raise mealworms and butterflies, but the rest will be up to me to supply. We also stick our weekly writing in at this time from Rooted in Reading. And we always do a directed drawing at some point too! There’s one for each RiR unit.
That’s it! Around 2:15 we begin to clean up and pack up. Kids write down their homework, I initial each and every planner, and if they have a clean up job they do that. Kids all dismiss at the same time (PTL) and we have 6th grade kids that are “transport leaders” that walk our kids to either the bus, car rider area, or after school room. I sit back and put my feet up…ok, I usually go to the bathroom, unless I have bus or car duties. This year Middle Lamb will be in middle school, so I will wait on him to get off the bus and then on to football or baseball practice!