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Secret Life of a High School Teacher

I know many of you probably have no idea what the average day of a high school teacher looks like. You probably thought that they lived at school to some degree or that they were just eagerly awaiting your email with a question about homework or had plenty of time to grade all 100 quizzes Thursday night. Well I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong explain what life really is like for us!
I’m going to go off of my average day. Some days have more meetings some have less!
5:00 AM – alarm goes off
Is it really time to wake up? Already? Are you sure? Okay …
Time to make coffee, eat breakfast, and be pulled together super professional and stuff.
5:30 – out the door
I get to drive all nice and calm because there is pretty much no one else on the road at 5:30 in the morning except for people who work at schools.
6:00 – photocopy, pull up PowerPoints, clean off desk, run errands around the school, etc.
When does the coffee kick in??
6:45 – students start arriving! 
7:05 – start teaching
I’m caffeinated and EXCITED TO TALK ABOUT ENGLISH YEAH
10:05 – lunch. AKA eat while helping students with make-up work and/or making more photocopies
(please note that this is 4.5 hours after I eat breakfast)
10:25 – hall duty during lunch
(I may or may not have eaten anything at this point)
10:55 – back to teaching
Okay, I’ll admit that this has NOTHING to do with the afternoon. But I found this while searching for GIFs and I wanted to use it.
2:05 – bell rings! Yeah!
Except now it’s time for meetings/tutoring/grading …
Sometime between 3 and 4:30 – time to go home!
But why are there so many people on the road now??
Rest of the night – see friends, grade, watch TV, plan, eat food 
I basically work for another 1-4 hours at home, depending on what needs to be done. 
9:30-10:30 – bed time!

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  • haha some of this is applicable to a hospital nurse. and that photo of driving in…I leave at 6am, so it is a little more populated on the road, but that blank stare is pretty appropriate!

  • eHa

    Teacher work so hard (my husband teaches middle school math). He leaves for work before I do everyday and he usually gets home at about the same time as I do. This week he was so excited because he got all his grading done Friday afternoon and could have a weekend. Keep up the good, hard work.

  • haha love this post so much! I am only an assistant teacher at a high school currently, but I can totally relate to the necessity of coffee and the excess working hours outside of work hours… le sigh.

  • Just because school gets out doesn't mean teachers are off. I don't think I ever realized that. I just thought early to work and early off because that's the school hours. Sounds exhausting!! My day goes until 5pm but I start later and I get an actual uninterrupted lunch break.

  • Sounds tough.