EduDiaries: Michael Greene

A typical first day of school through the lens of an instructional technology coach

This week's blog post was written by Pear Deck Regional Coach Michael Greene. EduDiaries is a new Pear Deck Blog series giving you a sneak-peek into the daily lives of educators like you!

Illustration by Kate Moore

Illustration by Kate Moore

6:15 a.m. - Rise and shine! Today is the first day of school! For many educators, this is as exciting of a time for them as it is for the students. There is always something about the first day of school and the start of a new school year that brings both excitement and curiosity. After the morning routine and a bowl of cereal, I pack up my laptop and camera, and I’m out the door.

7:05 a.m. - I arrive to school before the stampede of students arrives. Once the doors open, over 1,100 adolescents will pour through the hallways like a 10-year flood. There will be a lot of excitement—and also a few nervous looks. During the first few days, I make sure to help guide and direct students to different rooms in the building as they navigate their new schedules. Back in my office, I look outside my window and I can see towards the front of the building. There are some students still locking up their bikes, and others giving their parents another hug before making their way inside.

7:24 a.m. - The bell rings and the hallways are now clear. It’s time for the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the morning announcements that are delivered over the intercom to welcome everyone to the school day.

7:30 a.m. - Classes have just started; however, not a moment or two passes after the bell before I receive a call from the main office. One of our teachers in room 300 has asked for assistance with the online gradebook and attendance software.

8:00 a.m. - The hallways might be quiet, but there is still a slight buzz coming from the classrooms. Walking by, I can see many of the teachers and students are participating in various icebreaker activities and having fun. It’s great to see that they’re beginning to foster their classroom environments and establish relationships.

9:02 a.m. - Just across the hallway from my office, I can hear the world language classes introducing themselves to each other and even practicing, in unison, some songs in Spanish, French, and German. I set a reminder on my phone to alert me when to go visit one of our History classes. They’re doing an exciting team-building activity during fifth period, and the teacher asked if I’d like to come observe and take a couple photos for the website.

11:00 a.m. - I make my way around and check in with different teachers to see how their day is going, especially with any technology needs. I look at the clock and realize the day is moving by quickly. It’s time to grab a quick bite to eat. I grab my lunch from my office and go to the teachers’ lounge, joining in with some other teachers during their lunch break.

12:30 p.m. - Checking some emails. I read that one of our science teachers emailed yesterday afternoon to thank me for helping her to set up her Google Classroom courses. Another email is from a Civics teacher this morning. He would like to try using Pear Deck for an introductory lesson tomorrow. He asks if I have time to meet after school to teach him some of the basics. I respond:

Re: Help with Pear Deck
“You bet!  I think you and your students are going to enjoy learning with this tool.  I’ll swing by your room at 2:30! Thanks!”

1:20 p.m. - The principal emails and asks if I can update our website with a “Back To School Night” form to share with parents. I make the necessary modifications and reply back with a confirmation email letting her know it’s all complete.

2:15 p.m. - The final bell rings and students are dismissed. Much like the morning arrival, the floodgates open and waves of young students pour back out of the building. It’s amazing to see just how fast over a thousand students can move all at once!

2:30 p.m. - I meet with the Civics teacher to demonstrate how he can utilize Pear Deck, taking advantage of its great Template Library, to build interactive presentations and formative assessments. He’s excited to learn—and start building some engaging bell-ringer activities and critical thinking slides to help generate class discussions. I set a reminder to go and observe his lesson tomorrow!

3:40 p.m. - Day one is complete. Seems like it just started! I hear “Bye, Michael” as some teachers pass by my office on their way home. I pack up my laptop, turn off my monitors, and make my way to the door too. This was a productive first day of school for all of us and I look forward to the adventures that tomorrow—and this entire new school year—will bring.

Caroline Scott