Monday, 19 May 2014

A Day in the Life

As I sit here think about how exhausted I am, I thought I should broadcast what my average day as a PGCE student (also known as a trainee teacher) looks like.

6:30 - Wake up. I groan and grunt and eventually get out of bed, after 5 alarms have gone off and I have Chris Evans rattling into my ears.
6:45 - Make up and have my breakfast. I slather my face with a skin coloured product and powder it so I don't reflect the interactive whiteboard and blind my class. My current faves include Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Soap and Glory's One Heck of a Blot, Soap and Glory's Solar Powder, Soap and Glory's Lid Stuff in What's Nude, Rimmel Scandaleyes Liquid Liner, Estee Lauder's Double Wear Concealer and Seventeen Doll'd Up Mascara. Once I've made a mess of my eye brows I stab myself in the face with my mascara wand and subsequently end up cleaning it up with spit on a tissue.
For breakfast I usually have a bowl of Cheerios with Blue Diamond Almond Milk or seeded toast with peanut butter and a banana.
7:30 - Hair. If I have time, I attempt to tame my unruly mane. If not, I chuck it in a bun that enhances the roundness of my face. A child has actually commented on this before.
7:40 - Make lunch. I try to pack myself something fairly nutritious and full of energy. This ranges from a seeded bread sandwich, a salad, some fruit and veg, leftovers or a soup.
7:50 - Leave the house. Ha. It's usually about 8 that I end up leaving the house but let's pretend I'm doing things right. I jump in the car and my delightful boyfriend drives me to school. I tend to comment on the number of scary, lanky children that grace the pavements.

8:00 - Get to school. I'll attempt to fit in a cup of tea, but it doesn't usually happen. I'll use this 45 minutes to prepare for lessons, panic, have a battle with the laptops and think about what task the children should do when they get it.
8:45 - Go and get the children. From this point in it's school day so I won't bore you. It basically involves me trying to teach children things, me getting excited when they write their numbers around the right way, singing, telling stories and shepherding children around the corridors as quietly as possible. At some point I will sit down and eat my lunch for fear of keeling over.

3:15 - Children go home. I breathe and then mentally list the hundred things I have to do, which usually consist of preparing and marking, as well as rubbishy jobs like sticking work in books.
6:00 - I try to leave by 6, and I either get the bus, walk home or get picked up.

Once I get home, I make something to eat and then I carry on working if I need to. There are days when I don't, but most nights I have something that needs to be done, whether it's job applications, lesson plans or other preparation.

I go to bed when I'm tired and when I've finished my work. I'll try to get some relaxation in, usually painting my nails. At some point in the evening I'll have a shower and de-scum myself. By this point I'm quite greasy and sweaty so I like to be squeaky clean before I get into bed. Once in bed, my boyfriend and I have a new found habit of listening to Harry Potter, read by Stephen Fry. It's amazing.

That's pretty much my day, but being a teacher no day is ever the same, and I love that aspect of it. It's hard work, but it's worth it. 

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