As an 8th grade school teacher, this is what my Typical Tuesday looks like during the school year:
4:00 am…Rise and Shine
4:25 am…out the door for my morning run. This Tuesday morning was 90 minutes with 6 x 0.3 mile hill repeats after about a 20 minute warm-up. It was a perfect morning for a run with 2 of my faves, although I am looking forward to the day that I can run outside in shorts and tanks in the early morning hours.
6:40 am…out the door and headed to work
6:55 am…walk into my classroom and get ready for my day with students. Copies need to be made, the agenda for the day needs to be written on the board, labs may need to be set up or torn down, assignments/tests/quizzes may need to be graded, grades may need to be entered into the online grade book, lesson plans may need to be done…there is ALWAYS something that needs to be done.
7:50 am…First bell of the day. Time for the students to start arriving.
8:00 am…First period starts. I have 22 students in my first period science class. There are days that are more challenging than others when teaching 8th graders, but I love this age group and I love teaching physical science (introduction to chemistry and physics). While I teach the same content 7 times throughout the day, no two classes are exactly the same. Student comments, questions and interactions are always different in each class period.
8:43 am…The bell rings to dismiss 1st period, so I have a QUICK restroom break.
8:47 am…The bell rings to start 2nd period. I have 17 eighth grade students in my 2nd period science class.
9:30 am…The bell rings to dismiss 2nd period.
9:34 am…The bell rings to start 3rd period. This is a tutorial class, so the number of students varies from day to day and week to week. Students sign up for my tutorial if they need help with assignments, need to complete make up work or just want a quiet place to study. Yesterday I had 14 eighth graders getting help with assignments and completing labs and quizzes from days they were absent.
10:04 am…The bell rings to dismiss 3rd period, so I have another QUICK restroom break.
10:08 am…The bell rings to start 4th period. I have 23 eighth grade students in my 4th period science class.
10:51 am…The bell rings to dismiss 4th period. Time for lunch…or should I say brunch? Lunch is not at 10:51 am by my standards.
11:25 am…The bell rings to start 5th period. I have 23 eighth grade students in my 5th period science class.
12:08 pm…The bell rings to dismiss 5th period.
12:12 pm…The bell rings to start 6th period. I have 24 eighth grade students in my 6th period science class.
12:55 pm…The bell rings to dismiss 6th period.
12:59 pm…The bell rings to start 7th period. I have 23 eighth grade students in my 7th period science class.
1:42 pm…The bell rings to dismiss 7th period.
1:46 pm…The bell rings to start 8th period. This is my prep period, where I can breathe a sigh of relief and get more work done (i.e. grading, lesson planning, making copies, etc.). This is also a time when I mentally prepare for the last push to my work day.
2:29 pm…The bell rings to dismiss 8th period.
2:33 pm…The bell rings to start 9th period. I have 12 eighth grade students in my 9th period science class. Before you say, “What? Only 12 students, that must be nice.” Let me say that this is the WORST mix of students I’ve ever had in my 11 years of teaching. Basically I dread this class almost every.single.day. Only 22 days left with students this school year (not that I’m counting down or anything)…
3:15 pm…The bell rings to dismiss 9th period and my day is officially over 🙂 I pack up my things, do some last minute prep work for tomorrow and head toward the door.
3:30 pm…I exit the building and drive to the pool to get my swim in for the day.
3:50 pm…I enter the water and let all of the stress from my day float away.
4:55 pm…3000 yards done. Time to change and head to pick up our CSA
5:30 pm…pick up the CSA
5:40 pm…walk in the door at home. Shower, fix dinner, do dishes, start a load of laundry, feed the dogs, fold some laundry and cuddle with the dogs.
7:00 pm…get ready for tomorrow by setting out all my clothes (both workout and work), get my lunch ready for tomorrow and make sure my bike hydration is set for the morning.
7:30 pm…walk the dogs
8:20 pm… ‘night, see you in the morning so I can do it all over again.
Do you have a “Typical Tuesday?” If so, what does it look like?