One of our contributing bloggers gives us a peak at what teachers handle on an average day. If there’s anyone who deserves a Delysia Chocolatier confection, it’s one of the many teachers in our lives or the lives of our children. Remember this as the new school year approaches and appreciate those that educate our future generations.
Lunday: Teachers definitely do not have a faint heart. There is no “cookie cutter” method that all teachers follow and on most days I find myself indulging in Delysia Chocolatier’s Wine truffles to relax after my chaotic day. Here is a look at my life of teaching 8th and 10th graders.
5:00 A.M. : I wake up with quick oatmeal and a cup of coffee. I need simple and fast (thank goodness for dry shampoo) in order to conquer my to-do list.
6:30 A.M.: I arrive at school in the dark. It seems unusual to get to school an hour before other teachers, but we have only one copying machine. Giving up some sleep is better than waiting on multiple teachers to print 100 packets.
7:00 – 7:35 A.M : This is where I take the only teacher “me time” I will have all day. Another cup of coffee finds its way to me. The last minute caffeine kick will help me manage my first round of students.
7:45 A.M: My 8th graders reluctantly arrive with sleep still in their eyes while I am full with caffeinated cheer. I greet every student by first name and usually receive a “good morning, Ms. Lunday” in return. This is one of the most important events we do every day. They’re usually quiet at this point, but that doesn’t last long.
7:55 – 12:00 P.M. : My first four classes; these periods are filled with about twenty-five 8th graders constantly moving, asking, losing interest, getting me off topic momentarily, crying, nurse visits, bathroom visits, and most importantly, learning. A teacher’s role is to be an educator, leader, provider, and confidant. I listen to their stories and engage them. There is a lot that goes into teaching middle schoolers; it can be compared to herding cats. However, the benefits of teaching this age is the greatest reward.
12:00 P.M.: My first break since 7:00 A.M. Do not get me wrong. I try to make quick bathroom stops between class periods, but I get caught in the casual hallway rants over yesterday’s staff meeting. After class, I quickly grab lunch and head to my cafeteria duty. This is where I have to walk, monitor, and eat my lunch all at once and without spilling.
12:30 P.M. : Students and teachers are dismissed for class. This is the point where I run, yes run, back to my
classroom to prep for 10th graders. I devour a few of Delysia’s Coffee collection chocolate truffles for a quick pick me up. The mocha, coffee, and cappuccino blended chocolates are the perfect caffeine rush to get me through teaching high school students. It’s necessary to take a small moment to rejuvenate in your day.
12:40 – 1:25 P.M. : My one “off” period from teaching. It is a 45 minute, student-less period used to catch up on e-mails that I needed to reply to yesterday. I also contact multiple parents to either explain why a student is failing, retell the moment their kid misbehaved, or remind the parents that a project is due. Between about 10 phone calls and 20 e-mails later, I am also required to go visit my assistant principal to talk about my last teaching observation.
1: 25 – 3:30 P.M.: 10th graders show up for class. Their personalities are unlike 8th graders, yet I exert the same amount of energy. High schoolers are harder to instantly engage. I usually find myself dancing around to get them up and learning the lesson.
3:30 – 5:00 P.M.: I know what you’re thinking. I should be done with work by now because teachers only work 8-3, right? Well, I still have mandatory after school tutorials plus prep for tomorrow (this includes fighting over that one copying machine). After I get all my work done, I will still have lingering students who need a listening ear.
5:00 – 10:30 P.M.: It is only my husband and me at home, but I still have to clean, get dinner ready, work out, answer more emails, lesson plan, and grade. This is where the Delysia’s Wine truffles come in handy. I get the taste of my favorite cabernet and it covers my over eager sweet tooth. Then it’s on to the next day.
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