I have to start this post with thanking Molly. I was just about to put Mary to bed tonight when I smelled it. A dirty diaper. I tagged out and asked her to do it. God bless her, she did. I was anxious. I had grades to record, two lesson plans to write and had to schedule my observation for tomorrow.
Student teaching is halfway done, but I’m in the thick of it and I’m exhausted.
This is what my schedule looks like right now.
Monday through Friday, I arrive at school at 7:20 in the morning. Homeroom begins at 7:40. I teach periods 1-3, with a bit of help from my mentor teacher. I have lunch from 10:40 to 11:10. My mentor teacher teaches one sophomore English class from 11:10 to 12:05. I use that time for prep, grading and such. Then I teach the next two periods. At 2 p.m., the students leave, but I stay until 2:45 working on different things.
I only leave then because I have to pick up Michael at 3:05.
From then until when Molly gets home, I have the kids by myself. I try to do homework for my other class, grading or whatever then.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I head to Barnes and Noble, usually working a 5-hour shift. When I get home, I do another hour of schoolwork.
On Thursdays, Molly works at the University library, so I have the kids all by myself. That’s not bad. It’s usually fun, except for all the screaming and crying. I also have a class meet-up online that I have to videoconference for from 7 to 8 p.m. the kids usually make a cameo. I also usually have to post discussions for my classes on Thursday.
On Saturday, Molly works at the U again, so I have the kids by myself. I try to break up the day with a family visit.
On Sundays, I work at the bookstore again. Usually it’s a longer shift. This sounds weird, but that job is basically my downtime. My coworkers are fantastic and fun to talk to. I get to look at books.
Then on Sunday nights I have homework assignments. Sometimes I can work ahead.
Every other Sunday though is my respite. At 8 on those nights, my college roommates, Kevin and Dave visit. We usually watch a movie (we’re going to make our way through the Coen Bros’ films right now).
I’ve certainly had more stressful times. But this is just chaotic. And in six weeks it comes to a close.
I keep meeting teachers who are stuck in subbing jobs or gave up on their careers. Sometimes it makes me nervous. However, I definitely think I made the right choice and I’ve become more confident than I should be that I’ll land a job somewhere when I’m done.
Meanwhile, every time I think I’m busy, I think about Molly, working two jobs, being home alone while I’m at the bookstore, and trekking the kids off to gymnastics when I’m at work. She has it far from easy. She’s a saint for taking on any extra diaper duty.