A Teacher's Day

The day in the life of an inner city large urban school district teacher after the high stakes testing ends and there is still three more months left before summer vacation.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

I have taught school for over thirty years always in the inner city and for the most part always upper grade students. I have two children and I have been married for twenty years.

Monday, January 22, 2007


8:15 and there is hardly anyone in line for breakfast. It snowed last night and it's cold outside, but the children are coming to breakfast in slow turns--sort of like marathon runners out of shape.

Down the hall the kindergarten kids color and over there, the older boys are playing basketball in the gym. Near the lunchroom, the girls are full of quiet gossip.

It's an easy day and my class comes in and settles quietly into their day's work. We research a question first, then start our unit on fables, and I do small group activities in the front with The House on Mango Street. Nothing complicated.

The day goes on. A few incidents in stupidity, but overall nothing of any real concern. In science we study the effects of vibration and echo, study charts and read about DNA. We're all over the place and that's fine.

And when it's time to go home, we go home. Today everything was that quiet.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you just love those quiet days, days which seem like they come from a lovely eutopean dream. I sometimes wish the cameras could be rolling on days like that so we could show them on days which just are out of controll and mostly suck. The visual may bring home the point that it's a lot easier for everyone to get along and it's a lot less painful too.
I hope you have more quiet days than stormy ones.

9:01 AM  
Blogger A Teacher's Log said...

Thanks for the comment--I'm going to start working on the camera invention as soon as I finish eating lunch.

9:04 AM  

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