June 5, 2017

2017-2018 Schedule

Hello friends!! I am bound and determined to keep my blogging going during this school year. I usually blog a few times during the summer, and then the school year hits and before I know it's May again! Sound familiar??!! So I thought I'd start this year off by sharing how I set up the first part of the school year. Now that I've been teaching this grade level for 2 years, I am getting more confident about sharing what we have been doing.  But first, I want to share with you my situation because it is a little bit different than most teachers, and it will help you make sense of my schedule a little more.

I teach at a small Title I school. We are actually consolidated with a school about 10 miles away, but we kept our building. We are a K-5 campus, but we do have 3 and 4 year old Pre-k program that share our grounds.  I teach fourth and fifth grade ELA and social studies. I have fourth grade until lunch, and then fifth grade until the end of the day. Fourth grade is my homeroom so I do get them back at the end of the day for a little while.  I am also my school's literacy coach for grades K-5. I am the elementary schools ACSIP Process Manager, and taking classes for a master's degree in administration. So I am very, very scheduled! Oh, and my prep period is never the same which is why I have 4 different schedules, and we teach our own PE. Now if you're still with me, and not totally confused let's take a look at what my week looks like, and how I block off time. :)

2017-2018 Schedule
Monday & Tuesday

7:45-8:00: attendance, morning work
8:00-8:40: prep period (computer lab)
8:40-9:00: Morning Meeting (4th Grade)
9:00-10:00: Reading Workshop
10:00-11:00: Writer's Workshop
11:00-11:25: Social Studies
11:25-12:05: Lunch and Recess
12:05-12:25: Class Meeting (5th Grade)
12:25-1:25: Reading Workshop
1:25-2:25: Writer's Workshop
2:25-2:45: Social Studies
2:45-3:00:Recess
3:00-3:20: Read Aloud, clean up & go home (4th Grade)

Wednesday

7:45-8:00: attendance, morning work
8:00-8:20: Morning Meeting (4th Grade)
8:20-9:20: Reading Workshop
9:20-10:20: Writer's Workshop
10:20-10:45: Social Studies
10:45-11:25: prep period (art)
11:25-12:05: Lunch and Recess
12:05-12:25: Class Meeting (5th Grade)
12:25-1:25: Reading Workshop
1:25-2:25: Writer's Workshop
2:25-2:45: Social Studies
2:45-3:00:Recess
3:00-3:20: Read Aloud, clean up & go home (4th Grade)

Thursday

7:45-8:00: attendance, morning work
8:00-8:20: Morning Meeting (4th Grade)
8:20-9:20: Reading Workshop
9:20-10:20: Writer's Workshop
10:20-11:25: Social Studies
11:25-12:05: Lunch and Recess
12:05-12:50: prep period (computer lab)
12:50-1:00: Class Meeting (5th Grade)
1:00-2:00: Reading Workshop
2:00-2:45: Writer's Workshop
2:45-3:00:Recess
3:00-3:20: Read Aloud, clean up & go home (4th Grade)

Friday

7:45-8:00: attendance, morning work
8:00-8:20: Morning Meeting (4th Grade)
8:20-9:30: assessments/independent reading
9:30-10:30: Social Studies
10:30-11:25: PE
11:25-12:05: Lunch and Recess
12:05-12:50: prep period (computer lab)
12:50-1:10: Class Meeting (5th Grade)
1:10-2:20: Assessments/Independent Reading
2:20-2:45: Social Studies
2:45-3:00:Recess
3:00-3:20: Read Aloud, clean up & go home (4th Grade)

And there you have it, my crazy schedule!! My hope is that this might help another new teacher to split grade levels/departmentalized subjects. I'm going to spend the next few days breaking down what I do during each subject, and the rationale behind it all! Also, these times are just a guide to help keep me on track. I "borrow" time from other subjects all the time, but I find over the week everything was covered about the same amount.

Do you teach different grade levels/subjects? Leave any tips you have for managing your time in the comments! I'm always looking for better ways to stream line things to get the most bang for my buck! ;)
Have a great rest of your day, and thanks for stopping by!

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