So I’m 9 weeks in to working from home as a teacher, and amidst the Zoom calls with my class, messaging children and parents, setting and marking work and planning future online lesson content, this is what my day looks like!
7.30am – Alarm goes off, wonderful NHS worker husband Luke goes to work, Boris the cat jumps on my face. Half an hour of fuss and cuddles.
8am – I set my children their work for the day using ‘Class Dojo’ – an awesome site which allows me to easily communicate with the parents and children. With my dodgy rural internet this takes about half an hour to upload activities!
8.30am – Bath time! We don’t have a shower in our little cottage yet, however our extension is due to finish in a few months and we will ABSOLUTELY be getting one then! I then get dressed into comfy clothes and of course, put no makeup on – yay!
9am – All the while monitoring Class Dojo, I make breakfast. This week, I’ve been mostly eating (fast show reference) Tesco fruit and nut granola with Onken mango and passionfruit yoghurt. So tasty. I then watch some sort of morning news but soon switch off as I get wound up at, well, other people.
9.30am – ANIMAL CROSSING. Yes, I bought it and yes, it’s awesome. All my worries just melt away as I shake those apples off the trees and dig those fossils. Would highly recommend! Let me know if you play and we can totes visit each other ❤
10am – We are 4 months in to extending our house, so at this time I usually stick my head out the window and chat with our lovely builders, whether they like it or not. We are so lucky they have been able to carry on with the work on our house. We always keep a 2m distance from one another and I put their tea mugs straight into nice hot, soapy water as soon as they are finished with!
I then spend the rest of the morning tidying the house, catching up with parents, and 2 times a week at least I Zoom chat with my lovely class!
12pm – Eggs. I’m eating a lot of eggs recently. They’re convenient, aren’t they? And can be cooked in so many ways! My favourite is scrambled, on seeded toast, with avocado. How millennial am I!
12.30pm – I take a 30 minute walk across the fields near my village. I’ve recently found myself listening to Spotify on my walks – does anyone else try to match their walking speed to the beat of the song their listening to?! … No? … Yeah me neither..
1pm – Hour lunch break over, so I check Class Dojo and respond to any messages and mark the morning’s worth of work. This takes about an hour, usually.
2pm – As a treat for marking, I log into Apex Legends on the PS4 and play until I get so frustrated at my many deaths. Although, I’m definitely improving as I’m now on 100 kills as my character of choice, Bloodhound. This is a massive achievement for me. However as soon as I watch my husband play I realise just how crap I really am. Sad times. I then plan work for as long as I feel like it, sometimes half an hour, sometimes three!
3pm – I mark the afternoon work that has been coming in, respond to parents etc. This is ongoing through out the whole day, my laptop works very hard!!
4pm – I treat myself to a homemade salted caramel brownie. I’m sad I’ve nearly eaten the whole tin.
4.30pm – My husband, Luke, gets home and I’m hyped on brownie sugar/very excited to have some company again.
5pm – I respond to any final messages, mark the last bits of work, and log off Class Dojo for the evening. (Although I usually find myself going on and off it throughout the evening!)
In the evening, I usually go on another walk with Luke, cook something not very exciting for dinner, and currently we are working our way through the Marvel films on Disney+!
So that’s pretty much my day. Not massively exciting, and, to be honest, some days I feel so down in the dumps about the state of the world, that I find it hard to do anything at all. But we all muddle along in the best way we can!
I’d love to hear how you’re spending your days, particularly if you are still working from home. Do you find it hard to balance work and play? What do you do to fill any spare time?
Take care guys, I look forward to blogging more regularly and even more so to reading all of your content too, so please send me some links either via Twitter or on this page 😊
Much love, Eliza Kate x