A Day in My Life

Mission #7 for Explore the MTBoS: record the details of one day this week. So here we go… a sneak peek into my Monday.

6:10 – My alarm goes off, but I decide to lie in bed listening to the pouring rain and dreading going outside in it. Get up, check twitter while eating breakfast, shower, pack lunch and head out the door at 7:40.

8:00 – Arrive at school and check my emails – no extra classes today, phew! Print off worksheets for the days lessons, and an assessment notification for my seniors. Print off some work for a casual covering a colleague’s class and check in with a teacher who’s class I have once a fortnight (today!).

8:25 – Weekly staff briefing. A run-down of what’s happening this week. The highlights of this week include a chair and desk audit on Tuesday, evacuation and lock-down drills on Wednesday, and lots of room changes due to special events.

8:45 – Head off to our first session of the day. This is where my school is a little different (read: amazing!). Every teacher has a group of about 15 students that they are responsible for looking out for – academically, socially, emotionally… everything. We see these students for 40mins every morning and usually have time to help them with homework and assessments, talk about any behavioural issues, and generally check in with them. This morning though, we’re running numeracy sessions, so after marking the roll students disperse to their numeracy groups. This morning we looked at some probability statements and addressed common probability misconceptions.

9:25 – My seniors! My year 12 Mathematics class has a grand total of 6 students. One student from the other Mathematics class has a free period occasionally when my lesson runs, so he joins us today. I hand out the notification for the test they have in 2 weeks, and we have a quick discussion about it. They work through a sheet that encourages them to think about the geometry of the derivative, and what the concepts we’ve learnt actually mean (how do we know the curve y=4x^2 is always concave up?) and then complete some review questions.

10:12 – Off to the year 7 class that I have once a fortnight – but when I show up their usual teacher is there! Turns out he was asked to cover another lesson, so since he wasn’t getting the session off class to plan, he may as well teach his own class. I shuffle off to teach another year 7 class a lesson that I haven’t looked at yet. Luckily I can wing year 7 probability.

11 – Recess! Back to the staffroom to check my emails again, eat a muesli bar and chat to the teacher I share a year 8 class with about where they’re up to.

11:25 – The staffroom empties out as everyone heads off to class, but I have the session off to be super productive! I work through the pile of exams that I marked the other day (5 hours of marking) and collate the marks. I’ll enter them all into our markbook tomorrow. I have a discussion with another teacher about one of my students who hasn’t handed in an assessment for her class, and make a note to chase it up tomorrow morning when I see him.

12:12 – Year 8 lesson on finding the volume of cylinders. We work out the formula together, then they have exercises and HotMaths work to do. A fairly uneventful lesson.

1 – Lunch. A toasted sandwich and a banana. Tomorrow I have sport and I’m taking some girls down to the pool, so I spend 10mins grilling a nearby PE teacher for ideas on what activities to do with them. Talk to my head teacher about moving students up or down classes next year, and about whether we’re going to change the brand of calculators students buy from the school (a very dramatic decision with some teachers adamant that their brand is better). Duck downstairs to visit the lovely ladies in the finance office to ask about buying train tickets for an excursion next week.

1:35 – Year 9. We’re starting the new topic of graphs – straight lines and parabolas mainly. We start off today with the basics of completing a table of values and graphing straight lines on a number plane to jog their memories (it’s all in there somewhere from last year right??). In the last 10mins I hand back their tests. We went over the tests last lesson, but I had to recollect them to record marks.

2:22 – I spend the last session of the day planning for tomorrow – finalising lessons and printing worksheets.

3:20 – Staff meeting – nothing exciting to report this week.

5 – Head home via the shops to grab some stuff for dinner. Usually I’d spend another hour or two working on lessons for tomorrow or later in the week, but I was actually productive last weekend so I’m a little ahead of myself, which means I have time to sit down and write about my day!

Now its time to make dinner… gnocchi I think.