Well hello! I’m Annie Doyle author of the blog Doyle Speech Works. You can also find me on Instagram (anniedoyle226) and Teachers Pay Teachers. I am so happy to be visiting at Speech to the Core and participating in Lyndsey’s “Day in the Life series! What fun to read how we all spend our days. It is most reassuring to see how similar we all are and how committed we are to the profession!
I start my day at 5:45 a.m. and begin jockeying for a place in the shower queue. Yes, we have one bathroom and 4 people determined to shower and stay in bed the longest. I’m usually first because the teenagers don’t want to get up! Once I’m out of the shower my coffee maker is ready. That would be my husband who make me a pot of fresh perked coffee every morning. Ahhhhhhh AMBROSIA!! He sometimes refers to it as “the white,” which is a Star Trek Voyager reference. If you know the series, you understand! Then it’s breakfast of oatmeal or an egg and toast, pack a salad for lunch, iron, dress, primp and go! We have teenagers now, so they take care of themselves including driving to school. I may have to sign a permission slip or dole out some cash, but that is the extent of it these days. It goes soooo fast!
I arrive at work by about 7:15 and either work on goals, evals., or any other paperwork that has been overtaking me like kudzu. Many, many mornings we have IEP, evaluation or progress meetings scheduled at 7:45. The meetings are many and my contract day starts at 8:10. Go figure. One morning per week I have playground or bus duty depending on the schedule for that year. My favorite duty is the front bus duty. I get to greet students as they arrive. It really is quite pleasant. Naturally I always make sure they practice their target skills when responding 😉
I start speech therapy at 8:45 and continue 30 minute sessions until 11:45. At noon I make it a point to leave my room and have lunch with my friends, that is unless, of course, a lunch IEP, CST, eval., or progress meeting has been scheduled. That happens often. My contract includes a “duty free lunch” clause. Go figure.
Therapy resumes at 12:30 and I go until 3:00 when the students are dismissed. I do make it a point to include contracted preparation periods in my schedule, during which I lesson plan, prepare homework, create materials, assemble materials, do paperwork, print and laminate, screen, progress monitor, consult with teachers, return phone calls, BREATHE!!! Frequently, I attend a scheduled IEP, eval. or progress meeting during my prep period. Go figure. Friday afternoon is my dedicated testing time and it is kept sacred!
I tend to remain at work until 4:00 or 4:15 doing speechie stuff and trying not to be social so I can finish my speechie stuff. That is a huge improvement from, oh let’s just say my entire career! Many days I could be found at work up to 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. That ended last year…finally! Some times meetings are scheduled after school. My contracted end of the day is 3:30. Go figure. Twice a week a small group of friends do an hour of exercise right in one of the classrooms. We call it “therapy.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwGaa4-hKBA
After school, if I am still standing, leave work at a reasonable hour, and have any gas in the tank, I go for a run. I started running in my late forties and still don’t refer to myself as a runner. I once described myself as looking like a troglodyte when I run. My very witty daughter quickly corrected me and said I look like a “joglodyte.” After viewing the video, you decide; joglodyte yea or joglodyte nay! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkQvI7_qAtw
It’s hard to believe that at this point I still have laundry housework, dinner, gardening, TpTing, blogging, reading, and kid issues to contend with. Ugh let’s just order a pizza and use paper plates shall we?