A Teacher’s Day

Julia Wilson is a science teacher at KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate High School. Here’s a snapshot of Julia’s day:

  • 7:25-7:40am Staff Huddle
    The high school team huddles each morning before students arrive to share gratitude and shout-outs from yesterday and to hear any announcements for the day ahead.
  • 7:45-8:35am Hallway Duty and Planning
    During my first planning block of the day, I grade homework and exit tickets at a desk in the hallway. While I’m grading, I keep an eye out to ensure students are handling their business and that our hallway culture is tight. Ensuring kids are making productive and professional choices in the hall means they are more focused and ready to learn in all their classes, including mine.
  • 8:40-9:30am Teach 9th grade Biology
    One of the best parts of teaching Biology is fostering students’ curiosity and zest for the content. They have so many questions about how the natural world works! Right now we’re studying the human body, and students are creating health plans for specific body systems so we know the choices that would keep that system the healthiest.
  • 9:30-10:25am Flex Block
    During this time I pull small groups of students who need extra practice with a particular topic we’re learning, or I plan for the week ahead. Once a week I use this time to meet with the Learning Specialist who supports inclusion in my 9th grade classes so we can plan ways to differentiate the curriculum and align on the best ways to support students.
  • 10:25-11:15am Teach 9th grade Biology
    In Massachusetts, Biology is typically a 10th grade course, but we teach Biology in 9th grade so that students have more opportunities to take AP Science courses later in their high school career and are better prepared for STEM college majors and careers.
  • 11:15-11:20am Hall Duty
    KIPP believes that we teach in schools not in classrooms; at KALC, this belief means that teachers take turns supervising the hall during class transitions. Holding students accountable for their choices throughout the day ensures that our school is a joyful and safe place.
  • 11:20am-12:10pm Planning
    This is my time to plan lessons, give students’ feedback on their work, and analyze assessment data to plan any targeted small group remediation that my students need.
  • 12:15-12:50pm Advisory
    I am an Advisor for a small group of 10th grade students. Advisory is our chance to check in about all their classes and about life outside of school. Advisory can focus on students’ immediate needs like creating a study plan for a big test next week; it’s also a time for us to make big plans like investigating career fields. Advisory gives students a little family within the school so they always have a place to go for help and to feel heard.
  • 12:45-1:15pm Lunch Duty
    One day per week, I bring my lunch to the cafeteria and eat with students. It’s a great time to chat about their passions and interests.
  • 1:20-2:10pm Teach 12th grade Engineering
    My 12th graders are working on a Civil Engineering project about the Big Dig. After studying the history of the Big Dig, students will propose a change to improve the project, calculate the cost, and map how this change would impact Boston’s infrastructure.
  • 2:20-3:00pm Meet with instructional coach
    My instructional coach consistently observes my classes, and we meet once a week to discuss her feedback on my instructional practice. The best part of having an instructional coach is having a built-in thought partner who has been in my shoes and is dedicated to my growth as a teacher.
  • 3:10-4:00pm Teach 12th grade Engineering
    Some of my 12th grade students are passionately pursuing STEM majors and careers and elected to take both Engineering and AP Biology this year. I hope all my students walk away from this class able to use the engineering design process – to look at a problem that seems impossible and to know that if you gather data and are willing to try new things, all problems are solvable.
  • 4:05-5:05pm Wrap Up
    School officially ends at 4:00pm, but in the hour after school, you’ll still find KALC bustling with students – headed to sports practices, meeting with clubs, popping into teachers’ office hours with questions, or headed to detention to reflect on how they can make more positive choices tomorrow.