Day in the Life of a Teacher

Day in the Life of a Teacher

Many applicants are curious to know what a day in one of our schools looks like for a teacher.  The long answer is, KIPP Austin teachers come from various diverse backgrounds, interests, and teach different content or grade levels.  Our teachers often work alongside their grade-level or content teams to decide on areas of focus for their students.  Meet a few teachers below who outlined their day for you to see! 


6:45-7:25 am  - Arrive to work, gather materials, write lesson objectives on board, review lesson plans, and answer e-mails.

7:25-7:45 am  - Student Arrival/Breakfast- Welcome students to the classroom, assist with students getting meals, organize folders and check for parent notes.

8:05-8:55 am  - Spanish Math-Monitor students sitting on the carpet as co-teacher is leading lesson, check headcount, and set up computers/check for any problems.

8:55-9:30 am  - English Read Aloud/Phonics- Lead lesson with students in the library

9:30-9:55 am  - Spanish Phonics- monitor students sitting on the carpet as co-teacher leads lesson, conduct STEP testing or intervention.

9:55-10:20 am  - Recess- Monitor students outside at playground/blacktop and enforce safety rules.

10:20-11:00 am  - Guided Reading/Literacy Rotations- monitor students at computers, ensuring that they know how to log-in, as well as students at my guided reading table practicing writing their name/simple letter activities.

11:05-11:20 am  - Spanish Read Aloud- monitor students at carpet, grab lunch cards, team chart, food to microwave and line students for lunch!

11:20-11:45 am  - Lunch- Make sure students get their lunch, monitor sitting them at cafe, microwave lunch, and eat quickly!

11:45 am  - Pick up kids

11:50-12:35 pm - Excellence (A teacher who instructs PE, Art, etc.)- Drop students off with excellence teacher, gather materials for lesson plans, organize materials, answer emails, etc.

12:35-1:20 pm - Renewal- monitor students resting at nap, answer emails, read upcoming lesson plans, meetings, call parents, etc. 

1:20-1:50 pm -English Literacy- Wake up students, put on gonoodle brain break, lead lesson. 

1:50-2:30 pm -Guided Reading/Literacy Rotations-  monitor students at computers, ensuring that they know how to log-in, as well as students at my guided reading table practicing writing their name/simple letter activities. -

2:30- 3:00 pm -Spanish Literacy- **Snack during independent practice**- assist co-teacher in monitoring students, pass out snacks, and clean tables.

3:00-4:00 pm - English Math- Lead lesson with students, ensure student engagement, monitor students. 

4:00-4:10 pm - Prepare for Dismissal-Check student team behavior, write notes to parents, monitor students getting backpacks, water bottles, lunch boxes.

4:10-4:15 pm - Dismissal- Walk students to buses.


I get to school at 7:15am each morning. I do last minute class set up stuff, like put out Do Firsts and write the date on my board.

I am then on morning duty from 7:25-7:45, where I stand out in front of the school and welcome students and families at card drop off.

From 7:45-8:25, during advisory, I complete grade level chair task, like check in with students on RISE, check in with teachers about changes to the days schedule, follow up with students about grade wide issues. I teach my first science class from 8:28-9:44.

My second science class from 9:47-11:01.

My third science class from 11:04-12:18.

Then I start my fourth science class at 12:21.

This class is split up by activity time from 12:45-12:57, where I monitor activity time, and lunch 1:00-1:30, where I monitor lunch.

Then I finish my last class from 1:35-2:27.

I have planning from 2:30-4:10, which is when I plan for my next few lessons, prep and copy paper materials, set up lab equipment, grade, enter grades, and communicate with parents as needed.

I then I have car dismissal duty from 4:10-4:30. Then I leave school. I do not usually do any work at home besides grade occasionally.


7:05 am - Arrive at school with my children and begin to get organized for my day

7:20 am - Walk my 2nd and 6th grader to their classes (also KIPPsters)
7:25 am - Begin to work on prepping for my day - getting my slide of the day ready, reread my unit and notes for my day and make sure I have answered all of my own questions
8:10 am - I am outside my door greeting my homeroom students and just students in general in the hall
8:25 am - Homeroom time
8:37 am - 1st period - planning period - this time is used to write unit plans, annotate lessons and work on summative assessments
9:43 am - 2nd period - teaching precaculus
10:46 am - 3rd period - teaching precalculus
11:49 am - 4th period - planning period - any soccer issues are dealt with at this time - if there is time left, see first period
12:49 pm - Lunch
1:49 - 3:52 pm - 5th and 6th periods - precalculus
3:55 pm - Soccer - making sure that all players and learning and advancing their knowledge so as to attain our goal of another state championship
4:55 pm - Head to my room to meet my 3 kiddos and get ready to head home