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I’ve done several Day in the Life of a Teacher posts.  The first one was on November 6, 2016, when things were “normal”.  The next one was on June 25, 2019.  I wrote it when I was teaching Summer School.  The last one was on May 11, 2021.  I wrote it during remote learning.  It was fun reading each one again and reflecting how each one is very different.  While I am glad I am no longer teaching from home, it is still different from my first post.

Here is a typical day for me (I chose Tuesday):

5:30-6:00 AM
I get up and make my coffee.  I check my school email and then my personal email.  I add my blog post to the link up.  I schedule it to go live on Tuesday at 12:01 am but need to manually add it in the morning.  Then I get ready and head out for my run.  Depending on the distance I am back by 6:30 or 7am.   

After my run, I shower, get ready, make my smoothie, and hit the road.

7:00-8:30 AM
I arrive at school during that time.  I no longer try to get there by 7am.  There’s been times when I’ve arrived at 8am and it was OK.  I live 6 miles from my school but the later I leave, the more traffic I encounter.  Still, I am not going to stress out if I get there late.

During this time I eat breakfast, check work email, make copies, talk to colleagues, go to bathroom, and get ready for the day. 

8:30-8:45 AM
The bell rings at 8:30 to let the kids in the school.  A few minutes later my students are lined up outside the classroom.  They come in and eat breakfast.  Those that do not eat, they color or do something else.  I take attendance and do lunch count.

welcome classroom

8:45-10:15 AM
My kids have reading till 10:15.  We read again the book from Monday and discuss it.  This week we are reading about how pencils are made.  I will have an assignment for them as well.  Three of them leave at 9:30 to work with a reading interventionist.  The rest of us then do the same thing we did earlier but with either a Science or Social Studies book.  We have a different Reading Unit Plan every 5-6 weeks and alternates between Science and Social Studies.

10:15-11:00 AM
My kids have Music.  They line up and I take them to the teacher.  On Tuesdays I meet with the rest of my team for a meeting.  We go over upcoming assignments, data, test results, etc.  The other days I stay in my room to finish up my work or I internal sub.  There is a shortage of substitute teachers (well, teachers in general) and many of us are asked to internal sub.

11:00-11:30 AM
My students are back from Music.  They sit on their desk and log in iReady.  It is a math program that ties in with our Math curriculum.  During this time I do some work, grade papers, or check email.

11:30-12:00 PM
Lunch time!  I eat lunch with my coworkers.  Everyday someone is responsible for bringing lunch for the rest of us.  There were 4 of us but now there are 5 in our group.  It works out perfect because now I am not trying to figure out what to bring to school everyday.

12:00-12:05 PM
The bell rings and I go outside to get my kids.  My students are very happy it is finally warm for them to go outside for recess.  Last week it was awful because it was so hot.  Sometimes we stay a bit longer but definitely go back before the next group of students go outside.  



12:50-1:50 PM
Math.  My favorite subject.  Right now they’re working on fractions.  Honestly I find this unit boring.  I’d rather go over again adding and subtraction, place value, and word problems.  This is my first year teaching Math in English and it is so hard for me and for my students.  Everyone is struggling.  The reason I am now teaching it in English is because of our new dual language curriculum.  


1:50-2:05 PM
Recess time!  Our favorite time of the day.  😀  Sometimes we can a bit longer.  A few of my students leave for additional support from a reading interventionist.  

2:05-2:40 PM
We go back to the classroom for our English Unit (part of the dual language curriculum).  If we have time then the students color, watch a movie, read a book, or rest before going home.  

2:40-2:50 PM
Bell rings.  The students get ready to go home.  I also get my stuff ready.  I don’t stay late anymore like I used to.  Whatever doesn’t get done during the day can wait till the next day.  If it is urgent then I do it at home.  I just want to go home.  We head downstairs and wait for the bell to ring again.  We go outside and the students leave with whomever is there to pick them up.

2:50-3:00 PM
I stay there for 10 minutes and then at 3 go home.  Sometimes I’ll stop at Target or another store.  I will be moving to a new classroom next year so I will be staying late to pack up my stuff.  Not fun but it needs to be done.

At home I cuddle with my cats and rest for a bit.  Sometimes I take a nap.  I eat and check blog posts.  Sometimes I’ll watch a bit of TV before getting ready for bed.  It was a long day.

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16 Comments on Tuesday Topics: Day in the life of Ms. Arroyo

  1. It’s always fascinating to read about people’s everyday lives. I love that you go running before you go to work!
    That’s so nice that the teachers bring lunch for each other. Must be good for the team.
    I’m surprised that the kids eat breakfast at school and not at home. What about the kids who don’t eat? Have they already eaten or do they just skip breakfast?

    • I’d like to think that they do not eat at school because they already ate at home. I usually have them start cleaning up at 8:45 or 8:50 so we can start class.

  2. It definitely sounds like a long day! You’re getting close to the finish line though. 🙂

    I love that a different person brings lunch every day, but then again, I’d probably want to eat my own stuff most of the time.

  3. I think it’s so good that you go home “early” I was talking to a teacher friend and she tells me all the stuff she does while she’s “off the clock”. I can’t imagine it’s been easy dealing with the heavy load of teaching during this time but I’m glad you’re setting boundaries and taking time for yourself!

    • Yep! I know I will put it extra hours packing up my room and then next year when setting it up. Plus, I always stay getting things ready during the first few weeks of school.

  4. You definitely have a long, action-packed day! I’m glad that you’re disciplined about not staying late (unless it’s absolutely necessary), or feeling like you “have” to be there so early every morning. I would imagine that’s tough! It’s also nice you all are sharing lunch responsibilities! That’s teamwork 😉

    • It is a good feeling. There are teachers that walk in at 8:30 and leave at 3pm. Definitely NOTHING wrong with that as It is all about balance. I am working on it and so far am doing good.

  5. The life of a teacher is a busy one! That is fun that you have a lunch group to eat with and share foods with.

  6. My comment was going to be similar to Virjinia’s – I’m happy you set more boundaries than you did in the past. You have such intense days that is really important.

    I see your school starts later and ends later than here. Here kids have to be in school by 7am! But it’s designed like this to avoid the heat during the day. Then closing is 13:00.

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