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.

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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!

Linda Tran

KIPP Austin leadership | 1st Grade Teacher

  • KIPP Austin Teacher, Linda Tran6:45-7:25 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.

Kelly West

KIPP Austin Vista | 5th Grade Science Teacher

  • KIPP Austin Teacher, Kelly WestI 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.

Kris Lautenschlager

KIPP Austin Collegiate | Precalculus teacher

  • KIPP Austin Teacher, Kris Lautenschlager7:05 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 precalculus
  • 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 are 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

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