A Work Day

Life Ramblings The Working World Twenties

It seems most women who blog write about the glamorous stuff: made-from-scratch meals, pics when they’re all dolled up with friends, and cute babies with headbands. I’m guilty of writing 98% of posts about my weekends, which involve a lot of fun and games. I find it really fascinating to read day-in-the-life posts about others though, especially posts from people who have to get up and go to an office everyday. I don’t think I’ve ever written one in the five years that I’ve had this blog! So, here’s a little something different.

Last Friday:

6:40 – Alarm goes off. This is a sleep late morning! I tend to get workouts out of the way towards the beginning of the week, so I can rest on Friday. I have a 7:45 meeting at school, so I shower but don’t wash my hair to save time. (<— I’m learning how to do this and I always feel gross.)

7:15 – Make hot tea and leave for work.

7:45 – I meet with the 5th grade team about some discipline issues they are having and we brainstorm ideas for tweaking the positive behavior support system I helped develop last spring.

8:35 – Go down to my office and eat oatmeal and check my email.

9:00 – I do back-to-back observations of two students who are struggling with inattention in the classroom.


[I go to the bathroom at least 5 times a day and I hate it. When I’m not at my desk, I do everything on an iPad and I love it.]

10:00 – Back down to my office to meet with a student and talk to her about academic goals we set at the beginning of the year.

10:45 – The counselor and I meet with the middle school head to talk about any issues that have come up during the week and plan for upcoming projects.

11:00 – Our meeting gets interrupted because a student really needs to see the counselor, so we decide to catch up next week. Back to my office to respond to emails.

11:40 – Lunch! I heat up a bowl with quinoa, a black bean burger, spinach, hummus, and a fried egg. I read a few blogs at my desk and then eat with a friend once she’s free.


12:10 – I’m teaching study skills in one of the learning labs this year, so I give a lesson on establishing priorities to 6th graders.

1:00 – I do another classroom observation of a student.

1:30 – I join a teacher and the counselor and we meet with a parent and a new student who is having trouble adjusting to the school.

2:10 – I check in with another student who is struggling to complete her homework and is feeling overwhelmed.


2:35 – I take a break and eat a coconut flour banana muffin with sunbutter, check personal email, and g-chat Matt to see when he might come home.


2:50 – We’re in the process of moving some files, so I make labels for the new ones and move them into my file cabinet.

3:30 – I have carpool duty this week, which I actually kind of like because I get to stand outside in the sunshine!

4:15 – All the kids are gone which means I’m out the door (no one plans meetings for Fridays!)

And y’all know what I like to do on Friday nights – a bottle of wine and a little cooking!

  • Kate
    September 29, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I love this post! Thank you for posting this as I love reading these types of things. You’re job sounds really interesting too.

  • Mom
    September 29, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Way fun to read about your day. Love hearing that you’re doing some teaching, as I bet you’re great!

  • Suzanne
    September 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Have you ever heard of the Love and Logic method? My kids’ school uses it and it seems to be really effective for the teachers. They love it so much that they do a class that the parents can take. I took it and it really helped, but I haven’t been using it lately and it shows.

    Here’s more info about it: https://www.loveandlogic.com/educators/what-is-love-and-logic-for-teachers

    • Laura
      September 30, 2015 at 9:21 am

      I haven’t! I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  • Clifford Younger
    September 29, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Neat day, full of energy … but glad that I’m retired 😉

  • Sara
    October 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Wow, your job is so much different than mine! What is your official job title? I am a school psychologist in North Carolina and primarily test and sit in meetings. We are just now attempting to implement MTSS so I’m sure my role will be changing in the next few years. It’s so interesting to read about your day and how different the expectations and job roles are from state to state 🙂

    • Laura
      October 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Yep! I’m a learning specialist in a private school – it’s very different from my job as a school psych in NC. I love it, but sometimes feel I can’t make as big of an impact without testing the kids…