A Day In the Life of an Elementary Schooler

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has forced all families in Fulton County to become familiar with remote learning, at least in part. A commitment to a full-time program with remote support may be slightly different than what students have experienced in our current status. These scenarios are intended to provide parents and students considering the online, full-time school with an example of what a typical "day in the life" might look like.

     


     

    Meet Jared

    Jared is a 4th grader attending Fulton’s Full-Time Online School. Here is a typical school day for him and for his adult learning coach dedicated to supporting him, who in Jared’s case is his mom. 

     

    Time Focus Area What is Jared doing now? What is Jared’s Learning Coach doing now?
    7:35 a.m. Soft start to the day He signs onto a live Microsoft Teams meeting with his homeroom teacher. He participates in the morning’s “soft start” by answering a few fun questions in the chat. A few students turn on their mics to share something important that has happened to them. Jared shares that his family just got a new puppy! Jared's mom e-mails the teacher because she thought Jared turned in an assignment earlier but she sees it listed in Infinite Campus as a missing assignment.

    7:45 a.m.

    Morning Meeting 

    Jared’s math teacher starts the official school day in a live Teams meeting by providing a Social and Emotional Curriculum lesson provided to all fourth graders in the district.

    Jared’s mom is making sure that all of his textbooks and independent reading materials are at the ready in his learning space.

    8:00 a.m.

    Math—live instruction whole group 

    Jared’s math teacher pulls all the students on Jared’s math level together to introduce a new concept.

    Jared’s mom is available during this time to help with technical issues but does not need to be directly involved while the teacher leads this live lesson. 

    8:45 a.m.

    Math—live instruction in Small Group 

    Jared’s math teacher pulls a group of students together who had a few areas of confusion on yesterday’s formative assessment. She reteaches those concepts and has students show their work on screen so she can ensure they are now on the right track.

    Jared’s mom is available during this time to help with technical issues but does not need to be directly involved while the teacher leads this live lesson. 

    9:00 a.m.

    Math—independent work time 

    Jared completes an i-Ready math lesson to practice the skill just re-taught by the teacher. 

    Jared’s mom lets him work through the lesson independently, and encourages him to re-play a component of the lesson if he gets stuck.

    9:20 a.m.

    Break 

    Jared grabs a quick snack. 

    Jared’s mom ensures that the snack is nutritious and will keep his energy up for Reading. She sets a timer for 9:30 so that Jared knows when his break is over. 

    9:30 a.m.

    Independent Reading 

    Jared sits on the couch and reads a public library book that he and his mom checked out last weekend. They used the guide the teacher provided to make sure it was on his independent reading level.

    Jared’s mom sits in a big chair across the room and reads a book silently to herself to model that independent reading is a life-long skill and activity.

    10:00 a.m.

    Word Work 

    Jared’s reading teacher leads students through a live word work lesson in Microsoft Teams.

    Jared’s mom is available during this time to help with technical issues but does not need to be directly involved while the teacher leads this live lesson. 

    10:15 a.m.

    Reading—live whole group lesson 

    Jared’s teacher provides a reading lesson synchronously on Microsoft Teams to all of the students in her reading class.

    Jared’s mom is available during this time to help with technical issues but does not need to be directly involved while the teacher leads this live lesson. 

    10:30 a.m.

    Reading—live small group lesson

    Jared meets on Microsoft Teams with his teacher and the other students at the same reading level as him for a lesson geared specifically to this group of students.

    Jared’s mom is available during this time to help with technical issues but does not need to be directly involved while the teacher leads this live lesson. 

    11:00 a.m.

    Lunch 

    Jared eats leftovers at the table with his mom and his older brother who is a student at the Full-Time Online School middle school. 

    Jared’s mom heats up the leftovers so they can all eat together at this time.

    11:30 a.m.

    Specialized Instruction Time 

    Jared is pulled into a 15-minute enrichment live Microsoft Teams meeting with his teacher but spends the rest of the time doing his independent reading assignments.

    Jared’s mom lets him work through his assignments on his own unless he asks for help.

    12:30 p.m.

    Recess 

    Jared rides bikes with his mom in his neighborhood.

    Jared’s mom participates in recess so that Jared can get the exercise he needs at this time.

    1:00 p.m.

    Science – live lesson

    Since Jared’s class just wrapped up a social studies unit on the American Revolution, they are now going to learn about Simple Machines in science for a few weeks. Today they work with their science teacher leads a live lesson so that students identify different types of simple machines.

    Jared’s mom is available during this time to help with technical issues but does not need to be directly involved while the teacher leads this live lesson.

    2:15 p.m.

    School day ends 

    While the school day is officially over, Jared elects to finish up an independent assignment that he did not complete earlier. He submits it to his teacher electronically.

    Jared has trouble submitting the document, so his mom helps ensure it is uploaded correctly.

    2:45 p.m.

    Break 

    Jared runs out into the back yard to shoot a few hoops in the family’s basketball net.

    Jared’s mom cleans up the learning materials for the day and gathers the materials that will be needed for the independent simple machines activity to be done tomorrow.

    3:00 p.m.

    Virtual After School Club 

    Jared has chosen to be a part of the school’s Service Club. They are on a Microsoft Teams meeting, discussing their initiative to make holiday cards for troops stationed overseas. 

    Jared’s mom pulls out the construction paper and markers he will need to make the cards.