27 September 2005

Teacher 911

Now that the school year is in full swing, I'm actually starting to get a few crisis calls. Most of these calls are from elementary teachers. Technically, I'm not assigned to elementary science support (yet), but I am supposed to be learning about it as I move into this position. I really haven't the heart to tell any teacher who wants support to buzz off just because they don't teach kids in grades 7 - 12. If they want to be a better science teacher, that's good enough for me.

In the last 24 hours, I've been scheduled to give a presentation to a whole staff on the Inquiry Boards/Books that I showed at the August Curriculum Day. A teacher at another school who attended the presentation has been working to implement it...but couldn't figure out how to make it work with the kit she was doing. (I just wish she would have asked prior to the day she was starting the lesson...maybe she will next time.) And still another teacher and a literacy coach at a different school would like to work on WASL prompts for science.

My feeling is that this is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm happy to help, but I'm not going into the business of advertising this help yet. There are still roads to travel with secondary science.

The good news is that various science people at almost all secondary schools are stepping up. They are asking to collaborate with others around the district. They want to look at data and use it to drive some of their instruction. They want to make curriculum worthwhile for kids. And if these people are willing to take on this mantle, it means I can shift more of my attentions elsewhere. I really find that exciting. (What a sick thing to say, I realize. LOL)

I imagine that there will be many "911" calls made to me this year. I'll keep my tiara at the ready.

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