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