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My first alarm rings….
My second alarm rings….
My third alarm rings….
My last alarm rings…yeah I’m that kind of person.
6:15 – 6:45 AM
After a shower, I get my outfit out (professional of course), grab my tutorial plans and my stack of homework that I need to grade throughout the day (we’ll get to that stuff later).
6:50 -7:40 AM
I arrive at Great Oaks and head straight to the third floor tutor area. I say good morning to the staff and tutors and sit at the back table with Solchie (Ms. Solch, a fellow tutor corps member). We have our morning check-in and then I get in my zone. I am the 6th Grade Math Teaching Assistant here at GO, so I like to take this time to either grade homework, input grades or make packets.
7:45 – 7:50 AM
In addition to being the 6th Grade Math TA I am also a transition leader for 6th Graders. I transition the 6th graders to and from Math and ELA tutorials. During this time I transition the students from room 408 to the Big Hall where tutorial is held.
7:50 – 8:46 AM
My first tutorial! My 6th Graders are awesome! I work with Sierra, Oyinkansola, Bryan and Leah; they are all a pleasure to have in the group. This is Math tutorial so I feel this is where I shine since I create the packets. My main goal is to ensure that my students can confidently finish the objective set for them. With this being said there are days where they all are getting the material and there are days where I have to give them a little more guidance. All in all, they are wonderful to work with.
8:50 – 9:50 AM
I use this time after tutorial to input the homework check for the 95 6th Graders here at GO. This usually takes about 20 minutes and with the rest of the time I prepare my tutorial plans/materials for my 7th Grade tutorial.
9:50 – 10:46 AM
My second tutorial! My 7th Graders are just as awesome as my 6th Graders! I work with Geneva and Zahmir and they are great. During this ELA tutorial we make sure to work on all the skills that aid us in reading comprehension and writing. Both of my 7th graders are great in their own respective ways. Geneva is great because she is always trying to find me in the hallways to ask how my day is going. Things like this are the motivators throughout the day! Zahmir ALWAYS goes out his way to make me smile and I truly appreciate it, although sometimes it might be at the wrong time. With that being said, they both work very hard in tutorial!
10:46 – 11: 15 AM
Time to serve lunch for the 6th Graders. I meet my Partner In Crime Ms. Harper-Davis (another tutor corps member) aka H.D aka Weezy in the Big Hall. We literally have lunch distribution down to a science and I truly appreciate her. We help one another replenish the meals for the students, and set up for the next group of 7th and 8th Graders. The best part of lunch duty is interacting with the 95 6th Graders. The plethora of personalities makes for a super enjoyable time serving lunch.
11:15 – 12:26 PM
I use this period to plan for next week’s tutorials, grade, and create packets for the upcoming weeks.
12:30 – 1:26 PM
During this time I TA for the Ohio State homeroom of 6th Graders. This is the time that I enjoy the most because I am an aspiring teacher. I love being in the classroom and assisting Mr. Kankam with the classroom. Being able to be hands on with the students and helping them get concepts while in class, makes me feel like I am truly making a positive impact.
1:26 – 2:25
Time to transition the 6th Graders to ELA tutorial. When we get to the Big Hall the Do Now is called and the students have 5 minutes to complete their Do Now. During this time I take the time to review the packet and make sure I marked all the questions that I would like to focus on most. When the students are finished with the Do Now, I always ask how their day is going. They might look at me like I’m crazy but I do it anyway. We work hard on the packets and wait for the Exit Ticket to be called. After this I transition the students to their next class.
2:30 – 3:26
This period is a toss up. If I have some work to catch up on I will find a quiet place and eat my lunch (yes I know, kind of late). After I quickly finish my lunch I hustle up and get the most done that I can.
3:30 – 4:26 PM
Last period of the day! 7th Grade Math! This is the home stretch, the scholars are pretty tired from their day so I try my best to keep them engaged and energized. They are always ready to learn something new. When tutorial is over I give them our tutorial handshake and make sure I remind them to do their homework.
4:30 – bedtime
I check in with my fellow tutors, and staff to see how their day went. I am pretty tired at this point so I head home and unwind. I usually grade whatever I didn’t grade during the day while relaxing at home. After I finish this I shower, grab some dinner and curl up with some Netflix. Time to prepare myself for another day as a Tutor here at Great Oaks in Newark!
Christopher Velasquez is originally from Bronx, New York and graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Psychology. He plans on going to graduate school next year with the hopes of becoming a middle school math teacher one day.