A Day In The Life…

Show Us Your Life with Kelly's Korner

This week at Kelly’s Korner the theme is what we get up to in a typical day. I am so looking forward to reading what other bloggers get up to, and sharing my typical day. I would say, however, that a typical day is pretty hard to pin down – in school there’s always unexpected things to deal with and life outside of school is busy too! So I waited till I had a good, fairly balanced day, and will record that here (the only thing missing on this particular day (Wednesday) was a workout, but sometimes life gets in the way. I really need to stop it getting in the way actually. But that’s another post!).

So here we go….a day in the life!

6.00 a.m. Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

6.05 a.m. Alarm goes off again. Hit snooze once more, but manage to begin manouevering myself out of my warm cosy bed. I like to sleep in a cool room with the windows open, which is always a really good idea until I have to wake up!

6.10 a.m. Ablutions, change, try to make sense of my hair…

6.25 a.m. Breakfast (usually yoghurt, fruit, or bread and jam)

6.30 a.m. walk to Leyton station to catch the Tube to work. My commute is quite long but I’ve learnt how to get the most out of it now and when I get a seat (40% of the time, maybe) I love to sit and read or scan the paper.

7.30 a.m. Arrive at work. Check email, open windows, check schedule and extra lessons, write up info board, get ready, get a mug of hot water.

8.00 a.m. The boys start arriving, full of beans as ever. Chat and questions and register and allsorts. Lots of chatting to parents and catching up too.

8.30 a.m. Assembly.

8.45 a.m. Double English with Year 4. We did a gigantic spelling test (I’m checking their levels to better differentiate my delivery) and shared some of ‘Danny The Champion of the World’. I love Roald Dahl.

9.55 a.m. Morning break. The boys dash out to play, I spend the break sorting resources, helping a boy with some extra handwriting, replying to emails from parents, and grabbing a glass of water.

10.30 a.m. English with Year 5. A fun lesson – we’re focusing on scriptwriting and drama so we’re having a blast acting out stuff and improvising.

11.05 a.m. Double maths with Year 4. We’re starting a topic on weight, so this lesson was a blur of scales, weights, and eighteen boys dashing around estimating and recording weights. A really fun, practical, busy lesson.

12.15 p.m. Lunchtime! I grab some turkey and vegetables and sit down to lunch with some of the boys. Conversations cover football, lego, politics and what we want to be when we grow up. teaching keeps my game fresh.

12.50 p.m. Double non-teaching time….usually. But for the first period I’m covering for a colleague who’s on a course. At least it’s with a fun group of kids (my form! :-)).

1.25 p.m. Non-teaching time. Three days a week I teach pretty much flat out (Mon, Tue, Fri), so I love the pockets of time I get on Wednesday and Thursday. I spend this time making a start on marking the epic spelling scripts from earlier….

2.00 p.m. ….which neatly fills up afternoon break too.

2.35 p.m. Show and tell, with one of my boys showing a movie he’s making and another doing some experiments involving water. No-one gets too wet!

3.10 p.m. The boys have music, so I have time to finish a display we’re working on.

3.45 p.m. Time to dismiss the troops.

4.oo p.m. – on this particular day I left early, at just after five. Usually it’s closer to six, and seven / eight / nine o’clock finishes aren’t uncommon. Anyways I spent an hour after school doing teacher stuff, ready for the next day.

5.00 p.m. To Marks and Spencer to buy some nice food for dinner.

5.30 p.m. Tube home. A particularly cramped and horrid journey this Wednesday!

6.25 p.m. Get home with just enough time to straighten a few things up ahead of company.

6.30 – 9.45 p.m. Siobhán and Eileen come over for supper and catch ups and Glee. On another evening I might be working or writing letters or on a date with Matthew or at the gym or cleaning or blogging or out at a bar or baking or….lots of things, really. It’s nice to unwind after a busy day.

9.45 p.m. Ladies leave. Time to clear up and do the dishes.

10.10 p.m. Stop. Shower time!

10.30 p.m. onwards Changing and reading and tweeting and getting ready for bed. Picking out clothes for tomorrow. Checking diary.

11.00ish Bed. Sweet dreams. Hopefully – usually my mind struggles to switch off till midnight, but I keep trying…

And with that, I sign off for tonight. Sweet dreams, all!

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  1. Jamie
    5th March 2010 / 1:35 am

    Hi Claire,I came across your blog link in you sponsership email. I Like it, I find it very interesting, your way of life seems very foreign to me which is great in its own way. I have alot of respect for anyone that can handle the subway that early, I did it once but never again.Anyway, keep it between the ditches and keep well. Hopefully catch up when you back up north.Jamie

  2. Crystal
    5th March 2010 / 5:05 am

    Wow. I'd be pooped! You have quite a day compared to mine & mine wears me out =( Love the look into your life, love that Kelly does this every week!

  3. Siobhan
    5th March 2010 / 8:43 am

    I'm glad to have been part of the day you shared. Dinner was great as was Glee and a wee catch up.You are a fabulous hostess you know.Also, I am still in awe of people who regularly work days like you – I did one 11 hour day the other week and was exhausted, it drove home to me how much you guys work.Roll on the sunshine! xx

  4. Shan
    5th March 2010 / 1:58 pm

    Seven/Eight/Nine o'clock finishes? I love teachers. People really don't understand how much work they actually do.Andrew called me yesterday from school at 5pm and said "even the office staff has gone home, I'm the only one here!" But he had parents to call and that is the life of the teacher. Because after dinner, it was marking to do.You're awesome! It's great to see another dedicated teacher. Keep up the amazing work!

  5. thelumberjackswife
    5th March 2010 / 2:53 pm

    Busy! But I do not know what a tube ride home is? :)BTW: I found you from Kelly's Korner, but the page did not work, but it told me your link that you entered washttp://http://countrymouse . . . So, the http:// is being entered twice, making your link not work. I was just able to type in your link without the http:// for it to work.I don't know if you can, but you might want to try and reenter it without so people can come visit you! :)Happy Friday!Taylor

  6. rootedinlove
    5th March 2010 / 3:41 pm

    It's so nice to read a teacher who shares in a love for teaching and a love for the kids! So wonderful and refreshing. Keep on changing lives!

  7. CHATTY CATHY 1975
    5th March 2010 / 8:28 pm

    Claire – LOVED reading about your day! LOADS of differences with me being from America! I'll be back often to check you out 🙂

  8. LaTosha
    5th March 2010 / 8:46 pm

    Thanks, looks like you lead a busy life too!! Love that you are a teacher 🙂

  9. Jennifer
    5th March 2010 / 10:17 pm

    Thanks for visiting my blog in Kelly's blog hop. And thanks for the sweet comments about Charlotte! Have a great day!Jennifer

  10. Cindy
    6th March 2010 / 3:04 pm

    You are so busy! Sounds like you really enjoy your work. So do you teach only boys? What are their ages?

  11. Co Captain aka Mommy
    8th March 2010 / 2:42 pm

    Your blog is cute! What a busy day! I used to teach before I stayed home with my kiddos. Teachers are special people!!

  12. Erin McGraw
    12th March 2010 / 8:08 pm

    thanks for stopping by my blog. You have quite a packed schedule. Looking forward to reading some of your other posts. Erin

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