Day in the Life: Elementary School Student


[MUSIC] Our doors open at 8:50 AM, so we have an arrival window where students are entering the building, they’re getting to
their classrooms. Students who live more than a mile and a half from school are
provided bus transportation, students who live less than a mile and a half from
school are considered walkers. Our walkers arrive at school in a variety of
ways; they may ride bikes, they may walk, their parents may choose to drive them
and use the car line for drop-off, some of our students also come to school via
daycare van. When students come into the building they’re going to head to their
classroom and get their backpack hung up, take their coat off, they’re going to
unpack their folders and materials, they’re going to get settles at their
desk and perhaps start a morning activity ready for the bell to ring at
9:05 AM. I think the traditional view of an elementary school is that there’s a
teacher in front of the classroom standing talking and we certainly still
have that. You’ll see a variety of settings where students learn. The
students may be learning from each other, they may be working in a group to solve
a problem. You’re going to see some different seating arrangements then we
were used to when we were in school right down to different types of actual
chairs, or maybe no chairs at all. Students may be seated on the floor with
slates so you’re going to see students in a variety of settings and probably
moving a lot more. We also now are integrating technology, students may be
accessing learning materials, completing assignments on the Chromebook, even
turning them in to their teacher that way or they may be working with a
partner collaborating and sharing materials back and forth. Our elementary
day core subject areas are Math, English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. In math students are focusing on number sense, problem solving and fact fluency.
In English Language Arts, or ELA, students are participating in reading, writing,
speaking and listening activities. In Science students are focused on inquiry based learning using hands-on activities to observe and question the natural world.
In Social Studies students are focused on learning about the community and
world around them. Along with our core curriculum, students participate in Art,
Music, and Physical Education; we call these classes our Special Classes. Art is
typically once a week for 50 minutes, Physical Education typically meets three
times a week for 25 minutes and Music typically is a 50-minute a week class
either one block or the students meets twice a week. Lunch and Recess typically
are a 35 minute block of time for the students. Whether they go to recess first
or they go to lunch first, that time is broken up accordingly so that 35 minutes
may look like a 15 minute recess and a 20 minute lunch. Our students can
bring their lunch from home, they can also purchase a hot lunch at our school
and our hot lunches are accessed via a card where parents set up an account and
put money into that account. Those students simply bring their card to
lunch and swipe their card. Our LMC is our Library Media Center and it is, in
the elementary world, the hub of the school. So our students can check out
books of course, they can use reference materials, it’s also a learning space
where students learn how to research, students can use technology in the LMC,
they can also be creative. During the school day, all of our doors are locked so any parents or volunteers or visitors who are coming to our building need to
come in through our main entrance. Our visitors will be buzzed in, they’ll come
into the main office where they’ll sign in and they’re also going to hand over
their driver’s license or some form of identification and our Raptor system
does run a background check and they’ll be issued of visitors badge to be worn
throughout their time in the building, and when visitors leave they do need to
check out at the main office as well. At the end of the day our students are
packing up, gathering their materials, making sure they have all their homework
and our bell rings at 3:35 PM. Our staff then helps our students with
their exit routines to make sure everyone gets home safely.

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