I arrive in school by 8am and spend an hour setting up my classroom for the day ahead. That could be photocopying, preparing the interactive whiteboard, meeting with colleagues, sometimes meeting with parents.
At 9am the children arrive and my day begins. Today we had a visiting football coach so the first hour was a sporty one. Then we discussed healthy snacks in preparation for the school's healthy habits week. I teach 6 year olds. One boy had 2 x 4 finger Kit Kats for his snack!! We talked about healthy snacks v treats. It might surprise people that kids are pretty clued up. They knew all about sugar, salt and fat not being good to eat. Shame their parents don't listen!
After break, it was numeracy time. We carried out a survey asking all the other classes in school 'Are you scared of bees?' (our context for learning is Bees this term). We'll use the results to make graphs and diagrams next week.
At 11.45 the RCCT (Reduced Class Contact Time) teacher came to collect my kids and the rest of my day is for me to do my planning and paperwork for next week. All teachers in Scotland get 2.5 hours a week non contact time for prep. It's not nearly enough. Today I planned my whole week and photocopied worksheets. I also arranged to go and visit the wee village school next week.
I had a meeting with my HT, I worked with 4 children whose behaviour wasn't good enough to get all of their Golden Time and I helped the probationer with her paperwork.
I left at 4pm, one hour after the kids left. And I've brought home a box of paperwork (I'm re organising the way I do reading and need to make new individual folders for each child to take home)
I love my job, I really do. No day is ever the same. Yesterday we spent the whole morning filming with a visiting specialist for a video that will be shown at the Harvest Service at the end of term. We made posters telling people what they could do to help save the bees. We had a music lesson. Noisy but fun!
When I got home tonight I made bolognaise sauce and now I'm slumped on the sofa, exhausted. Absolutely exhausted. Last night on FB I came across an article that suggests you can be a good teacher only working 40 hours a week (we get paid for 35 hours). I don't know anyone who works at that level. More like 50-60 hours a week. All my colleagues are tired and we're just 6 weeks into the new academic year.
That part time post is looking better and better.