Although, I’m worried you might not be able to fit in my size 5 shoe.
I’m linking up with The Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher to describe what a day in my shoes would be like. I can’t decide which day of the week to pick because they tend to be a bit different. But I think I’ll pick Tuesday. Just because. I don’t know.
Disclaimer: I used to sleep in until about 6:15 but last week, I got up early everysingleday to exercise. Ha. The word exercise is kind of silly because I can’t get my heart rate up too high but that’s what I’m calling it.
5:00 Alarm goes off. But it’s my warning. Reset the alarm.
5:30 Get up. Walk down the hall and exercise. Hub is up now and getting ready.
6:10 Hub kisses me goodbye. Says he loves me, sweetie. Go downstairs. Give Syd a treat. Pour creamer. Add a splash of coffee. Read my bible. Pray.
I started reading my bible almost a year ago when our pastor challenged us to do it for 40 days. This is what I do with challenges. Much like the time I got a job at a telemarketing company and had to cold-call people. My dad said I wouldn’t last two weeks. I lasted three years and the only reason I left was because they shut down (it was kind of shady and there was no notice, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). I met the hubby there so it all worked out. Anyways, now I read my bible. I learned that I need to exercise first and then read the bible and pray, or otherwise, I would fall back to sleep.
6:40 Shower and try to make myself look presentable while listening to the Today show (I can’t see the TV so I just listen).
7:40 or later depending on how my hair is doing (yes, that is a long time to get ready. I know. It’s the hair) I don’t like breakfast but I eat my English muffin with peanut butter so that I can take all my heart medicine. Catch up on email.
7:55 Leave. Feel guilty because Syd is looking at me like I am a terrible person for leaving her.
7:59 Arrive at school. If there were no stop signs in my way, I could get there in two minutes. What are you going to do?
8:00-8:45 I’d like to say that I do teacher stuff during this time because I should. But most days, I’m talking to people. My room is the first room in the school and everyone has to walk past my room to get to their room. This has led to “Stop by Kristin’s room” time. People stop by and we talk. Most days, there’s three or four of us. If no one stops by, then I go next door to my partner’s room and talk. Sometimes, I bring teacher things to do while I talk.
8:45 – 9:15 Pick up the kids from the playground. This is my Universal Access time. I can pretty much do anything I want. The Curriculum Cops never come during this time. I do all kinds of things. Mostly, I talk to my kids while they work on Morning Work or to the two parent volunteers who are in my room. They have to leave as soon as U.A. time is over. It’s a new rule. Yes, seriously. Sometimes I nap.
9:15 – 11:25 Holier Than Thou Language Arts Block with Multiple Visits from the Curriculum Cops and lots of Knocking
There is a morning recess time in there but I wanted the L.A. block of time to look dramatic.
11:25-12:10 LUNCH! FREEDOM! FRIENDS! MORE TALKING! I try to take all the
mundane boring useless important L.A. worksheets with me so that I can check them and see who-got-what or who didn’t listen to asinglewordIsaid.
Lunch is over at 12:10 but we always pick them up a little late. It’s just the way it is and the noon supervisors seem to be fine with it. We’ve never asked them if they care but I don’t think they do. They are moms. It’s fine. They love children fighting on the playground and tattletaling and getting injured. Who wouldn’t?
12:15-12:45 Tuesday is Library Day. I find an activity to keep the kids busy while I send one table group at a time to
their death the library to exchange books.
1:30-1:45 Oral Language (we call this Sharing and you can check it out HERE)
1:45-2:00 RECESS! FREEDOM! FRIENDS! MORE TALKING! I always tell myself I’m going to do teacher stuff but then I get sidetracked by the people around me.
2:00-2:45 Science or Social Studies (I prefer Social Studies)
2:45-2:57 Pack Up. Junie B. Jones time. Make the kids go home.
I walk my kids and my partner’s kids to the back gate. It is far, far, far away.
3:10-5:00? 5:30? Return to room. Do all kinds of teacher stuff. Get interrupted several times by teachers on their way out. TALK. Do more teacher stuff. Prep. Copy. Get ready for the next day. Do lots of teacher stuff. TALK. Do more stuff. Stick stuff in my bag to take home. Leave.
5:35-10:30 Evening at home. Give Syd a treat. Talk to hubby while I do chores. Make my lunch and get the coffee ready for the next day. Get clothes ready for the next day. Do whatever I brought home in my bag.
Eat what hubby cooked. Do the dishes. (Every single night, the hubs says he’ll do the dishes. I say, “No, you cooked.” He says, “But you’re busy.” I say, “I’m fine. I got it.” I do take him up on it when I have report cards or progress reports. But I never offer to cook. Is there something wrong with me?
Blog stalk. Watch TV. Talk to hubby. Talk to mom or twin. Talk to friend that I used to teach with. Blog Stalk. Watch TV. Text friends about the TV I’m watching. Blog Stalk. Watch TV.
10:30 Lights Out.
10:32 Oops. Forgot to give Syd her joint pill and take heart-medicine-cocktail-number-two.
10:34 Lights out for real. Fall asleep at 10:34 and 15 seconds.
After reading other people’s days, I realize I have a very long lunch and no specials. What does YOUR day look like? Link up below to tell me all about it!
Hello Dear Kristin:
I'm a little concerned that I could fit almost two of your shoes into one of my big ol' boats (I've considered just wearing the shoe boxes with ribbons, but I hear they are not currently in fashion).
I love that your day is filled with friends who look out for you when your BlogBuddies are busy doing "other things."
How did I know that you would pick a day with LIBRARY in it!
Wishing you a seemingly endless weekend…
Finding JOY in 6th Grade
PS I prefer social studies too!
Wow! You pick your kids up at 8:45?! That seems like a late start!
I keep reading everyone's link up…I think I need to throw mine in too because it is VERY different from everyone elses!!
Creating & Teaching
1. Size 5?? I think I would look like the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk beside you. I have worn a size 10 shoe since the 5th grade!!! Just picture a tall, lanky kid with skis for feet. That was me.
2. I'm jealous that you don't get your kids until 8:45.
3. I'm also jealous that you have duty free lunch. We go with our kids and I don't even have a chair which is another story entirely 🙁
4. I wish my room was where I could talk to others…I am in a portable that is away from everyone.
5. Sorry for the numbers and lengthiness of this comment!
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Ms. Preppy says
OK…I'm insanely jealous of your start time. We start at 7! There are kids in my room at 7am. You're still home at 7am. And we go home at 2:30, so it's not like we get out that much earlier than you do. This is so unfair. I'm extremely jealous! My co-workers and I talk all the time about how much better our lives would be if we could start school at 7:30 instead of 7. I think I need a job at your school. Arriving at 8 is my dream!
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Miss Foote says
You crack me up!
Ms. Rachel says
LOL. i start at 8:55, Ill link up in a few!
I just cant decide what day to do!
Living a Wonderful Life says
Wow, you have a lot of recesses! AND you don't have to go with them! AND you have duty free lunch! AND your lunch lasts longer than 20 minutes. I am super jealous…so jealous in fact that I just started all of those sentences with a capital 'and'. It must be nice to live so close to where you work though! I'm loving reading these 🙂
Living A Wonderful Life
Third Grade Thoughts says
I'm jealous of all of you – we start at 8 sharp – have 30 min. for lunch – the only recess they get is during our lunch and we send kids home when the bell rings at 3:30. don't you all teach in public schools also???
Ok…I would DIE and freak out and probably scream if the curr. cops came in my room that often…I know we have to be checked up on and I know that is their job BUT I have a group of highly distractable kiddos and the less interuptions the better (I have the lowest 25% in 4th grade) by choice..not complaining but would lose my mind with all the interuptions…..actually have lost my mind on a few people who either call or walk in too much!!! There….I feel better:)
4th Grade Frolics
Heather's Heart says
WOW! 8:45??? I am thinking I might be one of the only ones who has the JOY of breakfast in the classroom!
Curriculum Cops would have me breaking out in hives! My room is VERY far away from everyone else so we kind of do our own thing back there!
Do you have volunteers everyday or just on Tuesdays? I have some parents I have NEVER met!
I enjoyed a WALK in your teeny, tiny shoes my sweet friend! =)
Ginger Snaps says
That is a lot of recess time in there! We get 20 minutes…and we only get 20 minutes for lunch with our kids. I also have to eat with them! lol I'm still crackin' up over here about the "curriculum cops!" I've never heard them referred to as that! That's hilarious!
Pros: late start, long lunch, lots of recesses, moms that supervise lunch recess, visiting, close to home. Cons: curriculum cops and med cocktails…and library!
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The Best Endings
Lisa at Stories From Second says
My room is all the way at the end of the building, nobody comes to see me. Then again, I don't really go see anyone either. 😉
Loved reading about your day!
Stories From Second
Miss T says
You crack me up Kristin!
I wish had a smaller shoe size *sigh* It can be hard finding shoes in bigger sizes, but my feet seem to have shrunk a *tiny bit* with my weight loss and I can get in size 9 1/2 now lol.
Journey of a Substitute Teacher
Don't you just look at your day and go "man, I move some major mountains here"…think of all the decisions we make in any given day…oy, I'm tired now.
Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade
We have a later start time, too. But a later end time. I am so jealous of your lunch. Our's is over in a blink!
I'm rolling over your sending your kids "to their death"/library. I never understand why some people choose to work around kids when they don't really like them, isn't it?
♥ Dragonflies in First ♥
Hey Kristin! I so get the Syd part…my three look at me with those woeful eyes in the morning that make it so hard to leave. I promise them, "I'll be back soon. It's only like 6 hours" but to no avail. Sad pups.
Loved reading about your day!
I am soooooo jealous of your 4 min. commute!!!! My school is way out in the sticks so I have a 35 minute commute. It's all good though, I eat my breakfast while driving with my top down (the car, not me).
Hope King says
Girl…I am DYING that you do not pick up your little darlings until 8:45. My kiddos are at my door at 7:20 every morning! I guess we are even now, since I only have 16! 🙂 Ha!
Ms. Johnston says
I am so jealous that you start so late, I have to be at school by 6:55! Thanks for the glimpse into your day!
I love your blog, I laugh evertime I read it. Thank you. This year in Idaho has not been a good year to be a teacher. I need things like teacher blogs to keep me going and remembering why I love teacher. We don't have curriculum cops we have accelerated reading and accelerated math cops.
Ms. W says
wow…I am jealous of your start time, your lunchtime and frankly your schedule, except I have to count my lucky stars I have specials and a designated library story time for 40 minutes everyday. If I could start at 8, I would be such a "Happy Camper". Although I am minus the curriculum cops especially since we won Palmetto's Finest last year. Question though do you have to follow the basal? Yuck!
LOL! I love reading your posts! I can't get anything accomplished at school because I tend to talk WAY to much. Sometimes I shut my door, but that doesn't do any good because then people end up in there.
As for the falling asleep, my hubby says I start snoring (he's silly) as soon as my head hits the pillow:)
First Grade and Fabulous
Love this idea, I'm going to join in as well! I would love to start school at 8:45, but I do really love getting out at 2:30 and I don't think that would happen if we started at 8:45.
laughinbrunette (Jennifer) says
I wore a size 5 shoe in High School…does that count?? lol
First Grade Blue SKies
You are too funny and I love reading your posts! I wear size 5 1/2 and my dogs look at me like I am the worst person in the world when I leave every morning too! It's not like I WANT to leave… I think the talking and not getting teacher stuff done is what makes the days bearable and fun. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your day!
Katie Klohn says
I so know what you mean about being the first room everyone passes, I have that one too! I am so grateful that I do not have curriculum cops on my campus that I have to deal with on a daily basis!
Thanks for linking up!
Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher
oh' boy says
jealous of your late start…JEALOUS!!!!
and do NOT forget your cocktails!!!
and are you excited about the RHWOC coming soon!!!???
Ms. Chrissy B says
I totally understand the "I would like to say I do something teacher-ish but I really went to talk to my friend," thing (not directly quoted). I feel like I can't make any big teacher decisions without running them by someone else first. That's a weird thing, I guess.
Hi! I loved reading your schedule! Made me laugh 🙂 Your blog is awesome! (newest follower) Come check me out if you ever need some ideas for your "firsties." P.S I envy you, I teach Title but first grade is my dream grade I love them soo much! 🙂
Lauren Thompson says
I am sharing the Versatile Blogger Award with you! Hop on over to my blog to pick up the button and get the rules! 🙂
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Miss P says
Our days couldn't be more different! Except we do have curriculum cops that come in regularly and I have small feet, too. I can't even get started on them (the curriculum cops, not my feet). My room is the last in the hall, so there's not as much stopping in but every time I leave my room, someone stops me and it's hard to get out of. I would give my tiny foot for your lunch period.
Miss DeCarbo says
Loved this! Had to laugh when you talked about your dog. I always tell Weston (my dog) "I know…I'm the worst dog mom in the world." when I leave him all the time! It's a wonder they still jump up and down when we come home huh? 🙂
Have a great week!
Second Grade Sugar and Spice
Mrs. Cockrell says
Ok, hold up! I am a teeeeency bit distressed by the fact that you start school an hour later than we do but finish school 5-10 minutes BEFORE we do…this makes me tho thad! LOL AND you don't have to do lunch or recess duty?? SIGH. 🙂
Jeff Hardy says
nice post. Now you can use this b2b exporters directory to promote kids footwears import & export business.
I love reading about everyone's days! I get to school super early and spend my entire morning talking to the other teachers and barely getting my homework posted before the kids come in 🙂
To The Square Inch
Annie Moffatt says
There are so many things I love about this post!! I love that your read your Bible and pray!! YAY! Oh and I remember the Curriculum Cops:) This just made me smile:) You seriously have the BEST personality!!
Christina Bainbridge says
I find it hard to believe that you have kids who don't listen you a word you say… you're so entertaining!
Also… one of my favorite movies as a kid was "Cinderella" and I love at the end when one of the stepsisters is trying to fit her foot in the shoe and she says, "I'll make it fit!"… that's all I was thinking when you mentioned your size 5s! 😉
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