NaBloPoMo Day Three: Whirlwind
Just in case anyone wonders what a day in the life of an elementary Spanish teacher looks like:
6:15 – 8 :30 Wake up, realize I forgot to print several assignments for classes, print assignments, have coffee read daily email, become embroiled in brouhaha over school parking lot, shower, get dressed, etc. get kids up, eat, put dinner in Crockpot, load dishwasher, drive to school.
8:30 – 11:30 At school, confer with co-teacher, photocopy approximately 1 zillion things, teach preschool class (sing, dance, color), teach 5th and 6th graders (much confusion over presenting weather reports in Spanish), confer with colleague re. a student’s behavior in Spanish, more photocopying, teach kindergarten, teach 1st & 2nd graders (meltdown by troubled child narrowly averted).
11:30 – 11:40 Eat lunch. Pee.
11:40 – 12:00 Try to set up DVD to show to 3rd and 4th graders. Discover 3rd and 4th grade classrooms do not have DVD players, TV’s, or projectors. Set up DVD on laptop on chair.
12:00 – 1:00 Teach 3rd and 4th graders. Interrupted by head of school coming in to ask students to go out and clean up the patio (mess left after lunchtime). Silent, inward scream at interruption of class. Fear that students will not have time to view DVD and thus won’t be able to do homework (write about DVD). Narrowly meet class goals for the day.
1:00-2:45 Teach back-to-back 7th and 8th grade classes, covering for co-teacher who has dr. appt. Discover it is difficult to teach two different classes, of two different levels, at the same time.
2:45 – 3:00 Try to plan next day’s classes, read email, etc. Discover I must attend 3 hr. staff meeting tomorrow. Bang head on desk repeatedly.
3:00-3:20 One-on-one with native speaker. Lecture the student on the more fascinating aspects of etymology and history of languages; discover to my surprise that student is as much of a language geek as I am.
After school: take kids to piano lessons, drive home, allow self to be talked into picking up fast food for dinner despite the chicken roasting at home. Decide to use chicken for dinner tomorrow night. Read emails, plan… yawn…