If you have ever wondered exactly how our University-Model® differs from other models or how teachers and parents partner together, this will help you understand.
Day 1, An Off Campus
6:15 a.m. Alarm goes off. Hit snooze. Five minutes later… It’s going off again. Time to get up and get the day started.
6:20 a.m. Teeth brushed. Coffee made. Time to take Finley, our Cocker Spaniel, outside.
6:30 a.m. While my husband, Travis, gets ready for work, I check my email from the night before… no new emails yet... and sit down with my breakfast to watch the news before Hamilton, our 18-month-old son, wakes up.
7:00 a.m. There is rustling and some babbling coming from Hamilton’s room… He’s up with his bunny in his arms. We start our day on the couch with our “Good Morning America” best friends.
7:30 a.m. Breakfast for Hamilton and a reheat of the coffee for mom.
8:00 a.m. We head out on our walk around the neighborhood. On our way from home, an email comes through from a parent… a question about an assignment for tomorrow. We take a pause in our walk to send a response back and then we are on our way.
8:45 a.m. Back home and hanging out in Hamilton’s playroom. While he plays and throws Finley’s toys, I hop on the computer to make a vocabulary quiz for my English class.
9:30 a.m. Between helping Hamilton toss Finley’s toys, zooming race cars around the playroom and having our own musical jam session - complete with dog-air guitar (Thank you, Target!) - vocabulary quiz is DONE! Quick check of the email and then it’s off to get ready for our moms group.
10:30 a.m. Mommy & Me worship and story time at our church. Hamilton thinks the parachute is just for him and that the perfect place to sit is underneath, right in the middle. Front row seat as everyone else makes waves and his hair stands straight up because of the static. Taking a minute to soak this in… Love that because I work at Cornerstone, I get to be present for moments like this.
11:30 a.m. Hamilton’s all buckled in. Before we begin our drive back home, I check my email super fast. Email from a student asking for a copy of the PowerPoint from Tuesday’s class. Send the link over and we are on our way home.
12:00 a.m. Lunch for everyone… One of Finley’s favorite parts of the day because Hamilton loves to share his lunch.
12:30 p.m. Time to burn off some energy in the playroom.
1:00 p.m. Nap time for Hamilton. And planning time for me. After a review of the lesson plans for tomorrow, I look over the vocab quiz and begin working on a presentation for our interactive notebook.
1:15 p.m. Email from a parent about the grammar video… Her child thought my co-star was pretty funny. This week the students had to watch a video of me (yup - they have to see their teacher even on off campus days) teaching them their grammar lesson. I had a special co-star for this video… Finley licking his paws in the background.
2:00 p.m. Put the finishing touches on the presentation for tomorrow. Another check of the email before sitting down to take a break before Hamilton is up from his nap.
3:00 p.m. Off to Target and the grocery store to run some last minute errands before our small group tonight. It’s Italian night and we are in charge of spaghetti.
4:30 p.m. off campus. Car unloaded. Email check. Question from a cheer parent about our game tomorrow. (CAN’T WAIT!!) Time to get Hamilton’s dinner ready before we have to head out for small group.
5:00 p.m. Dinner for Hamilton. And for Finley. And then back to the playroom for fort building and car races.
6:00 p.m. On our way to small group… Quick email check in the car.
8:30 p.m. On the way home, I check my email one more time to see if there are any last minute questions or issues before seeing my students in class tomorrow.
Day 2, An On Campus Day
7:40 a.m. Arrive at school. Time for copies and getting everything in order for each of the English classes.
8:15 a.m. Bell rings… First few students come in the door. They take a look at the board. Ask what they need for the day. Help get chairs situated. And chat with their friends.
8:30 a.m. Late bell rings. We start our day with pledges and prayer requests. What a privilege it is to begin our day with prayer.
8:40 a.m. Time to get started. First English class of the day. Vocabulary quiz. Followed by checking our grammar lesson. And editing practice as a class.
9:20 a.m. Time for a brain break. And some song requests. “Oceans” and “Guilty” are our current class favorites.
9:25 a.m. Back to work. Time to update our interactive notebooks… Learning all about writing better sentences. How do we show our reader instead of telling our reader… Moldy bologna sandwich and all. If you know a 5th grader, ask them about that nasty sandwich in the back of the fridge.
10:15 a.m. Desks are straightened. Chairs pushed in and a ring of the bell. “See you later’s” to the first English class and “Good to see you’s” to the second.
10:20 a.m. Bell rings and time to get started. New students but same class game plan plus a snack break… Vocab quiz. Grammar Check. Editing. BRAIN BREAK. “Guilty” on repeat (We really do LOVE this song!!). Interactive notebooks and before you know it…
12:05 p.m. Desks are straightened. Chairs are pushed in and off to lunch we go.
12:10 p.m. Catching up with the other 5th and 6th grade teachers over the panini press… We love to turn our plain sandwiches into fancy, toasted sandwiches. Grab a piece of chocolate (or two) and off to the conference room for our staff lunch.
12:55 p.m. A few minutes before the bell rings. Quick check of my email. And ready for the last English class of the day.
1:05 p.m. Vocab quiz… Round 3. More grammar checks, editing and song requests. Quick BRAIN BREAK. And then back for our interactive notebook lesson.
2:50 p.m. Bell rings. Whew! Three English classes DONE! Time to sit.
2:55 p.m. Straighten up the room. Check email and then start working on lesson plans for next week.
4:00 p.m. Lesson plans done. Clothes changed. And off to flag football.
4:15 p.m. Pit-stop at Starbucks for a pick-me-up and then on to the field.
4:45 p.m. Cheerleaders start arriving. Review our half-time routine and practice our new cheers.
5:00 p.m. Time for football!! GO COUGARS!!
5:15 p.m. My little Cougar - Hamilton - arrives to the field.
5:45 p.m. Half-time performance… So proud of my cheerleaders!! And showing Hamilton how to shake the pom-poms.
6:00 p.m. Back to cheering!
6:30 p.m. We are done cheering for the night! Say bye to the cheerleaders, get Hamilton in the car, and make our way home for bath and bedtime.