Team and Family Profiles

Jennifer Ortegon, 6th Grade Science Teacher at KIPP Aspire Academy

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Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UTSA

Hometown:

San Antonio, Texas

Fun Fact:

I spent all four years of high school on dance team.

Years Teaching:

3

A day in the life of Jennifer Ortegon

6:00am

I drive to work. I live about 30 minutes away.

6:30am

I arrive at school. I get my board configuration up for the day so the students are prepared when they arrive. I also tidy up my classroom.

7:00am

Students start to arrive in my room for advisory (I have an all-girls advisory this year!)

7:10am - 7:25am

I gather my advisory for our morning meeting. Girls bring lifework (homework) from the night before to our morning meeting circle. In our morning meeting we discuss something that is personal to each one of us, whether it is something that makes us happy about the day, or something that we may not be looking forward to. We also play team builders on Mondays and Fridays to get our energy up for the day.

7:25am - 7:40am

Students check a shoulder partner’s lifework and then return back to their seats to complete Morning Work. I then go around and pass out perfect lifework tickets and put things on the back of agendas if a student did not complete her lifework. I also check in with students one-on-one during this time to make sure they are starting their day well. Students are dismissed to tutoring time at 7:40am.

7:40am - 8:25am

I tutor a group of students in 5th grade. We work on skills that are a little above 5th grade level in order to strengthen their math skills.

8:25am

I greet my first class with a smile and pat on the back. I have a handout for them with the day’s classwork, as well as a ‘stretch’ that they will silently work on once they have completed the ‘first five’ steps of class.

8:30am - 9:35am

After our ‘First Five,’ I greet my students with, “HAPPY MONDAY!” and they respond “EVERYDAY IS A HAPPY DAY!!” I usually start class with a video or hook of some sort that will tie into the lesson for the day; we will then take guided notes, do guided practice, team practice, and then wrap up with independent practice. I walk around and may pull students in small groups during independent practice who did not show mastery on exit tickets from the day before. In the last 10 minutes of class I will allow students to independently work on an exit ticket based on that day’s lesson that must be turned in to me on their way out.

9:35am

I greet my second class with a smile and pat on the back. I have a handout for them with the day’s classwork, as well as, a ‘stretch’ that they will silently work on once they have completed the ‘first five’ steps of class.

9:45am - 10:45am

After our ‘First Five’ I greet my students with, “HAPPY MONDAY!” and they respond “EVERYDAY IS A HAPPY DAY!!” I usually start class with a video or hook of some sort that will tie into the lesson for the day; we will then take guided notes, do guided practice, team practice, and then wrap up with independent practice. I walk around and may pull students in small groups during independent practice who did not show mastery on exit tickets from the day before. In the last 10 minutes of class I will allow students to independently work on an exit ticket based on that day’s lesson that must be turned in to me on their way out.

10:45am - 11:15am Lunchtime (or Brunch!)

I walk with my students to the cafeteria, help them get their lunches and get settled, and then find a seat at a table with my students to eat and chat about our day. (This is my favorite time of day with my students!)

11:15am

We clean up, (leaving the place better than we found it), and line students up for Silent Sustained Reading (SSR) groups.

11:15am - 11:45am

Students spend 30 minutes reading silently and winding down from lunch.

11:45am

I greet my third class with a smile and pat on the back. I have a handout for them with the day’s classwork, as well as, a ‘stretch’ that they will silently work on once they have completed the ‘first five’ steps of class.

11:45am - 1:00pm

After our “First Five” I greet my students with, “HAPPY MONDAY!” and they respond “EVERYDAY IS A HAPPY DAY!!” I usually start class with a video or hook of some sort that will tie into the lesson for the day; we will then take guided notes, do guided practice, team practice, and then wrap up with independent practice. I walk around and may pull students in small groups during independent practice who did not show mastery on exit tickets from the day before. In the last 10 minutes of class I will allow students to independently work on an exit ticket based on that day’s lesson that must be turned in to me on their way out.

1:00pm

I greet my fourth class with a smile and pat on the back. I have a handout for them with the day’s classwork, as well as, a ‘stretch’ that they will silently work on once they have completed the ‘first five’ steps of class

1:00pm - 2:15pm

After our ‘First Five’ I greet my students with, “HAPPY MONDAY!” and they respond “EVERYDAY IS A HAPPY DAY!!” I usually start class with a video or hook of some sort that will tie into the lesson for the day; we will then take guided notes, do guided practice, team practice, and then wrap up with independent practice. I walk around and may pull students in small groups during independent practice who did not show mastery on exit tickets from the day before. In the last 10 minutes of class I will allow students to independently work on an exit ticket based on that day’s lesson that must be turned in to me on their way out.

2:15pm - 3:30pm

I have last period conference this year. I spend this time meeting with parents or co-workers, catching up on paper work, lesson planning, or preparing for the next day.

3:30pm - 3:45pm

My advisory girls come back to my class to wrap up the day and do a lifework ‘shout out’ to make sure they have what they need to be successful on their lifework that evening.

3:45pm - 4:00pm

I have Parent Pickup duty so I walk out to parent pickup and greet parents and make sure students are loaded safely into their cars and depart with a smile. ☺

4:00pm - 4:30pm

I will tidy up the room, make any copies for the next day that I may need, make phone calls, answer emails, have meetings, etc. (On Thursday, I have Science tutoring for any students who would like to stay from 3:45-4:45)

4:30pm

I try to leave school by about 5pm (unless I have tutoring or No Shortcuts)

5:00pm - 9:00pm

I am home to cook and unwind with my dogs and husband. My school phone stays on until 9 for any parent or students calls.

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