A Day In The Life…Blogger Event

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This particular tall latte macchiato isn’t especially well made, the foam is already deflating, but it’s the start to a typical day for me. A day I will record for Trish’s event as it comes around for year two, and sadly, I missed the first one.

The children start coming in the classroom at 9:00. It’s always Evan first, who stands at the door and shouts, “Good morning, Mrs. Smith!” It’s important to him to be first up the stairs before anyone else enters the room; lately he cries if someone beats him.

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And then it’s a flurry of activity: attendance and lunch counts, checking of assignment notebooks, Word Study lessons and reading conferences, Math which is all done online now.  We fly from one lesson to another, with a snack at 10:30 as our lunch time is at 1:45.

“Have a good dinner!” I said to the class the first day of school, and now it’s our daily joke.

My favorite time of the day is when I read to them after lunch. They gather around me, these eight and nine year olds, and listen. They are rapt as I bring the books to life, showing them that literature is better than gaming. We’ve just finished Road Dahl’s The BFG, which is always a favorite; I want them to have heard it before they see the film in August.

 

I leave school at 4:30, driving down congested lanes of traffic with people invariably going at least ten miles over the speed limit who never get caught. I live in trepidation of being pulled over by some policeman, for some minor violation. As occurred last year: “Excuse me, ma’am, are you aware that you rolled through that stop?” To which I want to say, “Were you in my class?”

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An exuberant English Cream lab named Humphrey is the first to meet me at the door. I hear his tail pounding the wall before I even have closed the garage door. Everyone is happy to be home, to have dinner, to indulge in our pleasures for the evening.

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It’s reading for me, up in my study. The stack of Man Booker International Prize books wait, persistently calling my name, making me wonder how there will ever be enough time in the day to accomplish all I want to do. “One at a time,” I tell myself, trying to slow the internal rush which threatens to steal my joy.

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The day closes in peace for me. Not watching the news, getting all stirred up about violence and drama I cannot solve. I cover myself with the Word, knowing that it gives me strength to face another day. Tomorrow.

 

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29 thoughts on “A Day In The Life…Blogger Event”

  1. I loved this! Well, the coffee caught my eye first – I love coffee! LOL

    Thanks for telling us about your class. I can just imagine it and I also can’t believe that lunch isn’t until 1:45. My word, our elementary schools are out at 2:50! Love the picture in my mind of you reading to the class. And love your last picture – Hannah and Samuel. Our preacher talked about Hannah last Sunday. The sermon was about praying with a thankful heart. 🙂

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  2. The best teachers are the ones that read out loud to their class. I can still remember very clearly my grade 4 teacher reading us Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and how much we hate it when she had to stop. Why don’t more teachers do that?! Thank you for being one of them. 🙂

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  3. It’s wonderful that you read aloud to your students! My kids gave me the best compliment the other day when they said they wanted me to read a book because I bring it to life. Seriously, I almost cried. We’re about to start Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I’m looking forward to it. I had to laugh about your comment about the police officer.

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  4. The life of a teacher. 🙂 You make it sound so easy, but I know it’s not. My mother who is now semi-retired was a teacher for many years. I loved helping out in her classroom after school. That was so long ago–and yet it doesn’t feel like it.

    I don’t watch the news either. Who needs that, especially before bed?

    Thank you for sharing your day!

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  5. Humphrey’s wonderful, for sure, but you know what detail I like the most? The little lamp on the bookshelf in your room. It does several things, not the least of which is create a welcoming, home-like environment. Beyond that, it’s a perfect accompaniment for the task of showing children how words can become “lamps unto our feet.”

    And the deflating latte foam? We’ll just tuck that into the little “first world problems” category, and hope you have a better barista tomorrow!

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  6. I love that you read with your students! My son is in 2nd grade and they have personal reading time every day, but I wish their teacher would read to them too!

    Finishing your day with Bible reading is a great idea! I think there is a push for us to do it in the beginning of the day, but there is something wonderful about going to bed with reassurance and peace.

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  7. Even though it’s 10:30pm, I now want a latte. 🙂 Thirty years later and I still remember many of the books that were read to me by a lovely teacher. It’s definitely one of the best things a teacher can do!

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  8. Your love for the kids comes through very nicely in your post and reading about it makes me very happy! Someday my girl will start school and I like reading about the teachers who will be spending more time with her each day than I will.

    And nothing better than code to start off your day!

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  9. Hearing about you reading to your students brought back some memories for me. My favorite teacher was my 2/3rd grade teacher (she moved up with my class so I had her two years). I LOVED when Mrs. Hunt read to us during class. After I moved away, I kept in touch with her for a few years. I sometimes think about what a kind hearted woman that she must have been to write letters to a 9 year old. You have no idea the impact you might be making on your students! Loved reading about your day Meredith. Thanks for joining. 🙂

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  10. What a treat to see a photograph of your classroom! I love the lamp on the bookcase (look how neat and tidy those books are!) and your daily outline on the white board. Oh, and the star garland, which I’m sure you crafted. What a pleasing room, full of love and comfort for your students. You know, I have such great memories of my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Bauer. She treated each of us with such love and made us all feel so special. I don’t remember the occasion, but I think it might have been the last day of school. She gave me a small porcelain heart-shaped dish with a geranium painted on the lid. It’s large enough to hold a few of my rings and I’ve cherished it for all these years. I know that some day, your students will look back on these days with great fondness of their beloved Mrs. Smith.

    P.S. Humphrey is beyond cute! What a sweet pup!

    xoxo

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  11. I missed participating in this event this year. But I have enjoyed reading about everyone else’s day. Your post was wonderful. Teachers are some of my favorite people.

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  12. Ah, I loved this post! The pictures you chose were a perfect overview, and I enjoyed getting to see your day-to-day life. Thank you! 🙂

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