So one of you asked for pictures of my room and what my schedule is. I'm going to pass on pictures because Our Portable is due to be painted sometime in October when a local church group shows up (I used a Go Fund Me project to get money for the paint). I'll post pictures when it's all done. But basically it's an old portable. I've been at The School for 14 years and it's been there as long as I have been.
As for our schedule. Here is what a typical day looks like.
I usually go into the building and pick up any work in the ISS basket up in the front office at 6:45 because buses start unloading at 6:55 (yes, really). Kids get off the bus, swing by and pick up their breakfast if they want it, and then come out to Our Portable. They empty their backpacks (I label them and hang them in a closet), eat their breakfast and read or work on class work. After announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:20, we basically work on work that has been sent out by their teachers.
Often in the morning is when I am getting new kids processed in, or logging in assignments so it can be a bit busy. Our first break is at 8:45 when we go into the building to the 8th grade hallway and use the restrooms and water fountains. If I have a low number of kids, we'll walk to the front office and see if there's any more work in the basket, and then head out (I like to get the kids walking as it gives them, and me, a break). I sometimes swing by the library and have them check out a book. After that, back to Our Portable.
My aide usually arrives at 9:30 am and this is technically when I have planning. Basically that means I head back into the building, check the basket, check my mail, and do any printing and copying I may need to do. I also have an 8th grade student aide who comes in and uses ISS as a study hall but also runs errands if needed.
Our second bathroom break is at 10:45. At 11:30 another aide shows up and takes my kids and the in-house alternative school kids (we call that BSA for Behavior Support Academy) and I have lunch from 11:30 to noon. I usually go back in the building for my lunch (I pack) and eat with a few other related arts teachers, check the box, check my mail, etc. After lunch the kids usually go and have an hour counseling session with one of the guidance counselors (about good decisions, bad decisions, choices, etc.) I'm not with them at this time but back in Our Portable doing paperwork. Mainly checking to see if kids who are scheduled to be released have all their assignments completed to my satisfaction and perhaps getting paperwork on new kids who will be showing up the following day.
The kids usually get back around 1:00, my aide returns from her lunch duty, and we have another bathroom break at 1:30. By 1:50, we start releasing kids who will be leaving us and they head back into the building to their homerooms. The ones who are remaining continue to work, or we may have a One Minute Math drill or play with math flashcards (I'm all about improving their multiplication skills because they are dreadful). By 2:00 we start handing out backpacks and packing up for the day, clean the room, and listen to announcements. Bus riders are usually dismissed around 2:10, walkers and parent pick up walk with me to the front office for release around 2:30.
And that's it!