Inspired by two other bloggers this week, I want to share two days in the life of me, a fifth grade teacher, writer, human being. I know some teachers work far more hours than I do, but this does not mean the 9-10 hours I spend each day are not intensely full, (or that some days/weekends do not include more work). However, I have found that cutting myself off is important to maintaining the energy necessary to teach each day. Likewise, I think we need to move away from a culture where everything is a contest of who worked the most. Life is about balance. Here is my attempt:
6:00 AM Wake-up
6:50 AM Leave for work
7:00 AM Arrive in my classroom, set-up for the day, get through as much on my to-do list as possible
7:55 AM Report to duty outside as the students arrive
8:15 AM Students in the classroom, day begins, all my energy goes to teaching lessons, answering questions, meeting small groups.
3:15 PM Students leave, Tuesday I have no prep and I usually spend my lunches multi-tasking by making copies, working out problems with students, and building relationships, so 3:15 is my first “break.” However, I don’t really take a break because my goal is to get home. I use this time to prep for the next day, make parent phone calls, etc.
4:00 PM My teaching coach arrives, we figure out what still needs to be done to clear my credential and talk through any challenges I’m having in the classroom.
5:00 PM Arrive home, walk the dog, clean-up a bit, eat a snack, relax.
5:30 PM Start writing. Tuesdays Alex and I do our own thing, this is my time to focus.
8:00 PM Make dinner/eat (We eat late…), get prepared for the next day, read, unwind.
10:00 PM Sleep
6AM-12:45 PM Same as Tuesday
12:45 PM Students go home, Wednesdays are our prep and professional development days
1:00 PM Meet my team to plan instructional overview for the following two weeks
2:00 PM Professional development with school staff on anything from data analysis to teaching reading more effectively in small groups
3:00 PM Personal planning time to get ready for Thursday/following week
4:00 PM I leave a little earlier than the rest of the week. This gives me something to anticipate, (even if I have to leave items on my to-do list). I get home, check my personal email, clean-up a bit, then head off to hot yoga.
5:45 PM Hot yoga
7:00 PM Get home, shower, prepare for Thursday, make dinner
8:00 PM Eat dinner, hang out with Alex, watch TV (Daily Show, Downton Abbey, New Girl)… We aren’t big TV watchers, but I do find it relaxing on Wednesday nights.
10:00 PM Sleep!
Unwired Wednesdays means no computer usage after 5PM. I find this break amazingly rejuvenating, especially midweek. Wasting time on the computer was a drain on my happiness, even though blogging and writing were beneficial to my overall well-being. Accordingly, I had to consciously create balance in the middle of each week.
I hope you’ll consider using this as inspiration for a post yourself. I won’t lie, I really like peeking into the lives of others as it gives me ideas on how I can better use my own time. And, if nothing else, it is a great opportunity to look at your life and evaluate how your time is spent– how do you seek balance between health, work, family/friends and your other interests?