Former 4th & 5th Grade ELAR Educator at Dallas Independent School District
over 1 year ago
The day starts bright & early in D.I.S.D. at 7:45 am for elementary. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the students to make sure everything is prepared for a productive learning day.
Majority of your typical day is time spent with your students (establishing routines, managing behavior, lectures, small groups, partner work, independent work).
For the 45 -60 minutes they’re in specials, you have time to meet and plan with your team, complete paperwork, contact parents, or simply use the restroom. Use this time wisely – it goes fast.
In D.I.S.D., support staff supervises students during lunch and recess, so you have this time to enjoy your lunch. However, it’s all hands-on deck for after school dismissal at 3:00 pm. Each campus varies on their dismissal procedure, but typically everyone has a job they’re responsible for.
Staff meetings/trainings are weekly and occur before or after school depending on your campus. On non-staff meeting days, after school time might consist of tutoring, meeting with parents, or preparing for the next school day.
There are special events such as Parent-Teacher Conferences or student performances where you might stay later than usual. These are announced early, giving you plenty of time to make arrangements.
Then there are staff development days where the kids don't come to school but you do! Those days are usually spent for staff development or planning with your team.
Otherwise, the day in the life of an elementary teacher is fast-paced and action-filled!