What is your REAL schedule??

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  1. 773 Miles Away

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    So we always have to submit our schedule to the office and post it on the door. Looking at it, it is a wonderful schedule - so much learning time! .. But in reality it is not all so wonderful. If your class is anything like mine.... post your planned schedule and add what REALLY happens.

    8:20 - 10:00 Math

    More like...
    8:20 - 8:35, walking up from playground, unpacking, settling in
    8:35 - 9:45, math instruction
    9:45 - 10:00 ... sometimes 10:05, snack, cleanup, group bathroom trip (mandatory ugh)


    10:00 - 11:30 Math group 2 (my homeroom goes next door for ELA and I teach the nextdoor kids math in my room)

    In reality...
    10:00 - 10:15, get there things together to switch, move from one room to the other, finally settle in after a few kids run back because they forgot their pencil :dizzy:
    10:15 - 1125, math instruction .. sometimes ending earlier if I have to pass back extra papers (quizzes, corrected hw, new hw, etc)
    11:25 - 1135, chaotic switch back to their original homerooms, put things away, line up for recess, and get onto the playground


    11:35 - 12:05 Lunch

    Actually...
    11:40 - 12:00 Lunch...
    12:00 - 12:15 2nd Mandatory class bathroom trip which always takes forever...


    12:05 - 12:50 Science/Social Studies

    But really...
    12:20 - 12:45 Finally settled in and ready for the lesson.. but quickly ending so we can get to our special


    12:50 - 1:30 Specials

    12:55 - 1:25 is really the time I have for prep time by the time my class gets down there and by the time I have to trek back to get them

    1:30 - 2:15 Vocabulary

    1:35 - 2:00 vocabulary, by the time we get back.. and we have to do agenda books and lockers at 2 because the first bus gets called as early as 2:10! I thought the day ended at 2:30!?

    Obviously there are days where it's not so bad.. but this is a real timeline for many days. 6 hours per day?? yeah right lol
     
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  3. Major

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    What exactly is a "group bathroom trip?" Doesn't sound like a lot of fun..........:p
     
  4. 773 Miles Away

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    Haha no definitely not...

    I'm trying to think of a better way to word it... going to the bathroom together? lol .. nope. Whole class bathroom? haha .. nope. Oh well.

    I guess I'm the only one with the crazy schedule... eek! lol
     
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    bathroom break ?
     
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    Nope I am the same way. I say that I do 45 minutes of Religion a day...I would be lucky if I got that in a whole week. When I write my schedule down it looks wonderful but I know it is not realistic.
     
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    Our school began a dedicated 90-minute block for LA last year with no restroom (emergency only) break and no pull-outs for anything. That really helped me stay on track. Plus, I have an aide assigned to me for 30 of that 90 minutes for some differentiated instruction time, so I have to be ready to go w/ groups or I mess up her whole schedule. Other subjects may not follow the schedule to the minute, but our LA block is sacred!
     
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    773, my schedule is similar! We, too, have group bathroom trips, writing down homework in planners, packing up and getting ready to go home (which, in first grade, is quite the issue in the winter... coats, boots, gloves, hats, etc that they're still learning to put on independently)... Sigh!
     
  9. Sarge

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    YOU DO NOT NEED GROUP BATHROOM TRIPS IN 4TH GRADE!!!!!

    Unless your class uses the bathroom at the gas station down the road, any child above the age of 5 is capable of walking down the hall and using the restroom and returning unescorted. If not, they don't belong in that grade level as there is clearly something wrong with them. For 8 years, I've taught first grade and for 7 of those, the nearest restroom was about a football fields length away. In all those years, I never lost a kid.
     
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    I know the previous post mentioned the OP (4th grade), but...

    We have to have group bathroom trips to minimize vandalism on the stall doors... high level of gang presence which means gang graffiti on the walls, so teachers go with the class, check the bathrooms before kids enter, and then let the kids go in. Also, a school in our neighborhood had an attempted child abduction in a bathroom by someone who got in through side doors that were somehow unlocked and unmonitored.

    I don't like group bathroom trips, but I think it's a necessary evil in some areas.
     
  11. Sarge

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    Not to sound cynical, but you're saying because the admin can't get it together and create a safe environment and keep the school secure, your first graders pay the price?
     
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    I would say our school is very safe compared to others. We don't have metal detectors or pat downs like some other schools (which is so sad to me). I've never seen a fight in the building and no one has brought a weapon in the three years I've been there. The academics are great and kids far exceed standards. I think generally speaking, it's a safe environment. Unfortunately, the neighborhood outside the school is NOT, and a little of that trickles in. Group bathroom trips stink, but I understand them.
     
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    We had to start doing group restroom breaks this year because kids were deliberately clogging the toilets, throwing water at each other (getting it all over the floor), etc. when they would go on their own or in small groups. Since this was happening in the boys' room, and we are all female teachers on my floor, this was the solution to these problems.

    Sorry for the hijack!
     
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  14. mrsleapfrog

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    We had that same problem at our school when I taught 3rd. We took group bathroom trips due to: constant asking to go, clogging toilets (we had a boy poop in the urinal and tried to climb on the stall to unscrew the lightbuilb, taking too long and making too much noise since they were unattended.
     
  15. 773 Miles Away

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    No my 4th graders do not need to be monitored when they go to the bathroom. But according to our principal, they will be. All year I simply sent out small groups during snack to use the bathroom, and I would give permission to individual students when need be. And obviously I never lost a child.

    Losing a child is not the concern.

    The principal implemented the new rule when the boys room had 2 bathroom stall doors bent nearly in half and a broken toilet. I'm almost positive I know which class did it... even now they treat the hallway like a football field, yet their teacher does nothing... but a rule is a rule.

    That being said, my schedule is crazy!
     

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