Thursday, November 14
7:00- I came out this morning to rain which seems weird considering I live in Saskatchewan, Canada and it should be snowing. I arrived at the school with the usual things on my mind. I wanted to get my day organized, work through the emails that I had ignored at the end of the day yesterday, and make a list of the students that I needed to see this morning.
8:15- Week at a glance meeting. Every Thursday morning we meet as a staff and make a calendar for the upcoming week to send out to our families. They can be mini-staff meetings and we usually have a couple of laughs together-not a bad way to start the day.
8:40-Morning announcements and off to teach social studies to grade 8. Our grade 7/8 boys and girls volleyball teams had district tournaments today so I had a small class. We did our 2 minute news podcast to see what was going on in the world and then decided to have a small competition in groups to see how much we remembered about social studies topics.
9:25-I started seeing students. I had some students to see from yesterday’s escapades when I was away at my meeting and some other students that I needed to check in with, but had not had time. I only ask three things of students that are brought to my office for discipline reasons-be straight up (be honest), own your part and do what you can to fix it. I try to keep my language simple and my expectations high but reasonable. I managed to see 6 students and talk to 2 parents and one classroom teacher before noon. When the school division security person returned with my laptop, and needed my desk, I just moved into the vice-principal’s office and carried on.
12:00- I am on lunch supervision in the 3-5 lunchroom. I check on my middle years students in our canteen and try to find the 6-8 lunch supervisor to tell her that I will be sending a younger student her way to walk the playground and then I head down to see what my grade 3-5 students were up to. All was pretty quiet-only one lunch was accidentally spilled. We headed outside to play until 12:50.
1:00- Inside again to do afternoon announcements and then back to grade 8 for career education and then grade 6 health.
2:10-I needed a coffee and believe it or not I had not gone to the washroom yet today! I ran quickly out to the playground to check on my little runner only to find he was not running, but standing to visit with some friends. I walked out to speak to him and then back in to sit down for a moment.
2:25-When I got back to my office after recess, a crying student was waiting for me on the couch. I asked him to come into the office so I could find out what was wrong. He explained what had happened on the playground and I decided to get the other student out of class and have them talk it out. By this time I only had time to quickly send an email and then head outside for after school bus supervision.
3:20-Heading back to my office. I had phone calls to return and I had to wonder who made the big mess on my desk…that would be me. I spent the next 2 hours answering emails, filing discipline sheets both electronic and paper, cleaning my desk and organizing my day tomorrow. We had a computer refresh this fall and so our school division allows us to give away the older computers to families from our school community. I photocopied some more computer request forms and went through the ones I already had. I will start handing them out in the morning.
5:30-I left the building to meet a friend at the indoor track for a quick walk and visit before home. I took the hot lunch orders with me to organize so we can put in some food orders tomorrow.
Crossing my fingers for a good nights sleep tonight!