A Day Our Way {Schedule Linky}

Amelia from Where the Wild Things Learn is hosting a schedule linky.  It has been really interesting to see how other people's days are set up.  It actually makes me feel better that other people are under time crunches too!

We do not have intervention time during our day, so teachers are required to hold tutorials two mornings per week.  I do mine on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students eat breakfast in the classroom while they do paragraph editing from Evan-Moor and write in their journal.

We correct the paragraph editing and then I do a grammar mini lesson before moving into writing.

We don't have as much time for writing as I wish, so I try to do a mini lesson/modeling as quickly as possible and spend the majority of the time having the students writing and I confer with them.

We still have a weekly phonics skill/spelling list so during this time I just do a quick review.  Sometimes we use a fortune teller, white boards, do a word sort, or play a game like Sparkle.

Shared Reading:
During this time I either do a read aloud or we will do shared reading with our basal.  I will also give whole class instruction on whatever vocabulary/comprehension skills we are focusing on.

Small Group/Stations:
My students participate in Daily 5 stations (read to self, read to someone, word work, work on writing, and listening to reading).  We do three rotations of twenty minutes a piece.  You can read about how I do my rotations with bookmarks here.  During this time I pull three groups for guided reading or like right now I am doing DRA2.

Our students have 30 minutes of lunch followed by 30 minutes of recess. I alternate lunch/recess duty with my partner.

We switch classes before lunch and I do the same thing again in the afternoon with my partner's class in a slightly different order.  My partner teaches both classes math, science, and social studies.

Students have specials daily.  They alternate between PE, music, and art.  During this time, teachers participate in data team and planning meetings, usually twice per week.

We spend a lot of time dismissing at my school because we have so many students.  It basically begins at 3:15 and all of the students are not gone until 4:15!

Teachers have after school duty twice per week.  I have car rider duty so I stand outside and put kids in cards for about an hour on Wednesdays and Fridays.

We have meetings from 4-5 on Mondays.  Meetings on any other days for committees or whatever start at 4 as well because they can't begin until after duty.


  1. WOW! You guys have a LONG day! I definitely like how organized your day is and how much you fit in, but there really aren't many breaks in there! It's nice that your students get a 30 minute lunch AND recess everyday. Our kiddos have a combined 30 minutes for both :/ We don't have lunch duty or an after school duty, either! How many kiddos are at your school? That dismissal takes forever! Thanks for linking up! :)


  2. We have after school duty, but it's only for 15 minutes every day for 2 weeks, then off a week. I have a paid stipend to call numbers for car riders, so I stay 30 minutes. I can't believe you load cars for an hour! Yikes! You must have a lot of students that get picked up. I bet you do wish you had more writing time...2nd graders are such creative writers! I'm glad you fit it in as much as possible! :)
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  3. It's impressive Amelia from Where the Wild Things Learn is hosting a schedule linky. It has been really interesting to see how other people's days are set up. Also check out basketball shoes for jumping


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