Written by Suzie Nahach, AmeriCorps member proudly serving at Baton Rouge Bridge Academy.
My name is Suzie Nahach and I am a proud Americorps member serving at Baton Rouge Bridge Academy. Working with 2nd graders at a public charter school, my day tends to vary wildly from one day to the next, depending on what the school and the scholars need that day. In this blog post, I am going to attempt to take you through what a typical day looks like for me so that you can get a better idea of what being a City Year Americorps member entails.
6:00 am: This is when my last alarm goes off, so this is usually when I roll out of bed.
6:40 am: Like many Americorps members, I carpool to school every morning. This is when we leave most mornings.
7:15 am: First Circle, where my City Year team first meets and discusses any pertinent announcements.
7:25 am: We head to the cafeteria and help the teachers with breakfast set up for the scholars, who will be arriving soon.
7:30 - 8:00 am: The scholars eat their breakfast and the teachers help clean up. Then, the scholars participate in Morning Motivation, a series of chants designed to help the scholars start their day off right.
8:00 - 8:40 am: I help support a class of scholars during read aloud and then monitor a group of girls during their bathroom break.
8:45 - 10:40 am: During this time, scholars do a three station reading rotation. They do reading work on computers, reading comprehension, and reading mastery. I support classrooms by monitoring computers and helping teachers as needed. During this time, I also pull many of my focus group children to give them extra reading support and practice. I typically pull my focus group children into the library and we’ll do work in there. Since I am assigned to the entire 2nd grade, I often float between all three classrooms, supporting where it is most needed at the time.
10:40 - 11:20 am: This is when students have Writing class. I often support a class’s writing practice, helping students who need a little extra assistance, until I have to go help set up lunchtime.
11:30 am - 12:05 pm: At this time, the students eat lunch and then go to recess. I monitor lunch and recess with several other Bridge Academy staff members.
12:05 - 12:35 pm: Lunch! I usually grab lunch, check my email, and do anything else I haven’t had the chance to do during the day.
12:35 - 1:30 pm: At this time, I typically push into the scholars’ math class, helping with whole class support and talking with scholars who need some extra assistance understanding concepts. Where I support varies depending on which classrooms need extra assistance.
1:30 - 2:15 pm: Scholars go to electives at this time. They either go to Art, P.E., or Library. I typically assist in the library, helping students with Accelerated Reader testing, and monitoring behavior as needed.
2:15 - 2:45 pm: If they have time, the scholars at Bridge Academy get to do Choice Time, a time at the end of the day where they can pick a fun, creative activity to do. At this time, I go to each classroom to check to see if they will be doing Choice Time. If so, I bring them the Choice Time materials and help set up their Choice Time activities. Activities vary from crafts to blocks and puzzles. Choice Time for the scholars begins around 2:25 pm if they have the time to participate that day.
2:45 - 3:00 pm: The scholars are dismissed to their buses. I typically help with the carpool children, making sure scholars are picked up safely and punctually.
3:00 - 4:15 pm: End of the day activities vary. Most of the scholars do not have end of the day activities, so at this time, we have meetings. If there are no meetings, then I might do some preparation of materials for focus groups or choice time.
4:15 pm: Final Circle! At this time, the full team will meet to discuss any upcoming events or announcements that have popped up during the day. Afterwards, we will leave so that we can do it all again tomorrow!