A Day In the Life

In-Service Day: The Newbie vs. The Veteran

“Dear Teachers, Don’t forget, our Winter In-service Day will be January 19th. The morning in-service is scheduled from 8-12…”

8:00a.m., The Newbie: Has been at the in-service site for ten minutes already, has carefully selected her seat, not too close, but close enough for a clear-line of sight of the board and within perfect earshot of the presentation. Quietly watching the the Lead teacher, the only other person in attendance so far, setting up the projector.

8:00a.m., The Veteran: Just leaving her house.

8:20a.m., The Newbie: Mingling with other attendees while noshing on fruit, pastries and burnt coffee from the provided breakfast spread. Introducing herself and inquiring as to where everyone works. Expressing excitement about her first year.

8:20a.m., The Veteran: Starbucks run.

8:30a.m., The Newbie: Notices the Lead teacher attempting to settle everyone. Takes her seat, ready for the presentation to begin.

8:30a.m., The Veteran: Has just arrived. Waves to acquaintances she knows, shouts out a few greetings across the room, settles into the empty seat her newbie co-teacher has saved for her. Continue reading

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A Day In the Life

Trailer Trash: A Top 10 List. Kind Of.

Okay, so technically, I can’t be considered real “trailer” trash since I work in a modular,* but since a colleague referred to me as trailer trash, let’s go with it.

Top 5 Best Things About Working in a Modular/Trailer

  1. No One Bothers You. It’s wonderful. I think I’ve seen administration twice in our building all year, and the first time was on Back to School Night, so, I don’t know if that counts. Seriously, I never see anyone unless he or she also works in my building or is delivering a class of students to me. This is especially great if you like to hideaway, or need to, ahem, sneak out, uh, early, which I never do, but, uh, probably could if I, uh, wanted to. Or, you know, if you’re running late in the morning, and, uh, aren’t technically on time.
  2. Exercise. All. The. Exercise. I walk a lot. Back to the main building to get supplies, to check my mailbox, to visit the paper storage closet, to check the kiln, to catch-up with my art teacher co-hort, and so on, and so on. I get a lot of exercise. That’s a good thing.
  3. The Power to Control Your Own Climate. Too hot? Turn up the AC. Too cold? Bump up that heat. The ability to control the climate in my classroom is a luxury I welcome every day. Especially after back-to-back classes of 6th graders. I spent years working in stifling hot classrooms, rooms with no ventilation, and rooms with no windows, so I love being able to adjust the thermostat whenever I gosh darn please.
  4. You’re in Your Own Little World. School drama and politics never reach me. I’m ignorant of it all, and ignorance is bliss.
  5. Breathing Time. None of my classes show up on time. Ever. They’re always 2-7 minutes late. Normally, this would be irritating as hell, but when you have three, hour long, classes scheduled back-to-back, it’s good to have some time to breath. Or cut paper. Whatev’.

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A Day In the Life

When Art Teachers Sit on Counters

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KINDERGARTNERS BE LIKE:
“I want to tell her.”
“No, I’m gonna tell her.”
“No fair! You got to tell her Sarah was absent.”
“So? I saw it first.”
“Uh-uh, I did.”
“Whoa! Guys, look! The garbage truck is here!”
“Oooohhh…”
“That was so cool.”
“Did you see when that bag fell out of the back?”
“Yeah, that was awesome.”

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A Scene From the First Day of Art Class

FADE IN:

INT. ART ROOM – AFTER LUNCH

(Ms. ATHG, 4th Grade students-green group, 4th Grade students A, B, C & D, Mr. PE)

MS. ATHG IS STANDING AT THE FRONT OF THE ROOM. 4TH GRADE STUDENTS- GREEN GROUP ARE SEATED AT TABLES, LOOKING AT MS. ATHG.

MS. ATHG

(TO STUDENTS) Good afternoon, 4th grade artists! Welcome to art! Wow, the green group is pretty big this year, huh? Well, with this many students… how many of you are there again? [TAKES A HEAD COUNT OF STUDENTS] Wow, 28, okay, yeah, with this many students…

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Back to School. aka The One with All the Memes.

Woo-hoo!

I know some of you have already returned to school. With students and everything. I’ve seen your nicely organized, pretty classrooms on Instagram. Hooray for you, but today marks the first day of the new school year for me. Sort of. Students don’t start until next week, but for teachers, the fun starts today, and you know what that means…

64ebbd852e073c1f835325250a6f1c79Ohhhh yeah… the pointless meetings. My school likes to start off right away, 8:15AM, Monday morning, with a breakfast meeting. Providing breakfast means it’s going to be fun, and chill, and relaxed, right? Or not. Continue reading

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