I LOVE this time of day. There's a sense of peace and calm. The students are at their special area class which is usually earlier in the day but due to standardized testing we are now the last time slot. This new time slot is much more relaxing. The students pack up before going to their special area and we leave directly from that location in the building to go home. I'm getting some big projects done or I'm thinking and mapping out things that require a bit more time. I think I'm more productive because I don't have to think any more about this particular day. Today I had a flashback to my first seven years of teaching. I taught in a different district and our schedule was to arrive 10 minutes before the students and stay an hour and ten minutes after the students were dismissed. The school day was 8:10am to 4pm. My day now is 8:20 to 4pm but my students dismiss at 3:45 and by the time the last bus rolls in I might have 7 minutes to get my things, pick up the room, and I might look at email before I switch gears to motherhood. I know I could stay after the scheduled day but most days I'm needed at home. There's something to be said for quality time at the end of the day for teachers, productivity, and a piece of mind.