Friday, April 4, 2014

day in the life (classroom edition)

I thought it would be fun to do a day in the life post about my typical work day. if you're not a teacher this post may bore you, but if you ever wondered what a typical day in a 3rd grade classroom looks like then here ya go....

I usually wake up anywhere from 5:00-5:45, depends if I shower the night before or not. I try to leave the house by 6:15.

I get to work around 7:15 and come in and get ready for the day. I start by writing my morning message and changing the date. then I will usually make sure my computer is up and running then I will spend some time in the hallway talking to the other teachers on my grade level.

The kids come in from 7:45-8:15. during this time they are working on their morning work. announcements come on around 8:00. we line up at 8:17 to go to specials. we have 5 specials that we rotate through on a 6 week rotation (we do PE twice). each week we have the same special every day. this week we have art.

during specials on mondays and fridays I usually plan/grade papers. tuesdays and thursdays we meet as a grade level and wednesdays we either meet with our literacy coach, math coach, or technology teacher. today we had technology.

I pick the kids up from specials at 9:15 and we go to the bathroom. from 9:25-9:45 I let my kids eat their snack and finish their morning work. I have several kids who are car riders or eat breakfast at school so they don't have much time to do their morning work before specials. I also have a couple kids who leave for pull-out programs (EIP, resource) during this time. usually I will check e-mails or get things ready for the day while they work.

9:45-10:00 we check grammar and review their packet. we take a grammar quiz every friday that has questions from their packet.

usually from 10:00-10:45 we have reader's workshop but since most of my students are still struggling with writing in cursive we continued working on writing their spelling words in cursive and doing other cursive practice.

we have lunch from 10:50-11:20. during this time I usually work on grad school work....booooring

after lunch we spent about 15 minutes completing unfinished work. then we have recess from 11:45-12:15 (or a little longer if the weather is nice!)

on mondays and wednesdays we go to the computer lab for an hour or so. the kids do CRCT review or math games and I lesson plan.

when we get back from the lab it's time for math calendar. we use a 4 square method and the kids really like it. it's fun because they get to use their own white boards, but it's great because it reviews old concepts and introduces new concepts. for the month of april we are going back over content from the beginning of the year to get ready for the CRCT!

on tuesdays and wedesdays the teacher next door and I switch classes for science and social studies. It's really nice only having to teach science!

this particular day we finished up our magnet notes (on our cute magnet craft!) and worked on magnet vocabulary. so far we've had a lot of fun learning about magnets!

usually our day would end after science/social studies but since we had so many days off because of the snow/ice we had to add 30 extra minutes to our school day.......
during the last 30 minutes we review for CRCT. the kids are pretty much done at this point and it's hard to get much out of them but we do our best!

I don't stick around too long after school. I usually leave as soon as I can since I have a pretty far commute. my days are always different but this is just a little glimpse into my daily life as a third grade teacher : ) Hope you enjoyed!


  1. How fun! Very interesting and that is awesome you only have to teach science!!

  2. I had no idea that cursive was still in elementary curriculum! I teach 9th grade English and it drives me crazy when kids write in cursive because their work takes twice as long to grade! ha! But it looks like you have a pretty fun day!

  3. That's awesome you only have to teach science. I only switched classes for one subject in 5th grade to get us used to the rotating schedule for middle school.

  4. I was wondering what different school districts were doing to make up for all of the snow days. I know a few of the districts around here have chosen to hold school on holidays and in-service days. I am loving your nail polish btw!

  5. This just goes to show that Elementary teachers don't have it easy like so many people think! It's not all just arts and crafts!

  6. I teach first grade, and hear you on the busyness of teaching! Goodness though, an hour commute?! That sounds like such a bummer.


  7. I enjoyed reading this because I was homeschooled and had little to no experience with public school growing up. One of my suitemates in college was an elementary education major and had a full-time internship our last semester... every day she came home and told me about her day and had to add details and explanations because I didn't know how a lot of things worked! Thanks for sharing.