For those of you who don't know me personally (and, quite possibly, those who do) this post may paint pictures a little too personal or intimate for your tastes. Consider yourself warned.
I had an experience last week that truly illustrated for me the realities of a day in the life of an elementary school teacher. I arrived at school at 7:30 and immediately headed off to a meeting. This meeting lasted until 8:15 by which time my class had arrived. Fortunately I am working with an intern who could get the day started. As soon as I got to my room I had to leave to go to Local Screening (discussing a student with ADD). That was another hour of the morning. I got back to my room in time to teach reading and word study before lunch. Lunch was my only break for the day. After lunch I had to be ready for math, writing, an observation by a reading coach, and another local screening meeting. Needless to say, I was feeling rushed at lunch.
A bit of important information (and the personal bit): I have a 7-month-old daughter who is breastfeeding and I spend part of lunch everyday pumping.
After dropping the students off at the cafeteria and making a few copies, I hurried back to my classroom. I grabbed my lunch and the pump and got started. After a few seconds I found my lap soaked. Sadly, it took a couple more seconds for me to realize that I had started the pump without attaching any bottles.
Clearly elementary school teachers need more time for all the things on their plates.