16 May 2006


One of the things I miss about teaching junior high is that the school year would gently roll to a close. High school---and now Curriculum---are not like that at all. It's a scramble to the finish line. Between elementary science, secondary science, as summer seminar commitments, my plate feels a little full these days.

I did spend a couple of hours this morning with our current mentor program coordinator. I have a much broader sense of what those duties will entail---and how that will be one more ball to keep in the air next year. Here is what is already going to be juggled:
  • New science kit center to set up and maintain for grades k - 6
  • Provide two 8-week rotations of science kits to grades k - 5, including some new materials
  • Implement curriculum mapping for grades 6 - 9
  • Develop "cadre" model of staff development in math and science (3 meetings per year; 1 rep per grade level per school)
  • Full year science for grades 7 - 9 at all schools for all students
  • New curriculum materials for grades 6 - 9
  • New facilities for science at two junior highs
  • Professional development offerings for k - 6 teachers
  • Science notebook development and integration for grades k - 6
  • Trimester grade level meetings for grade 7 - 9 alignment work
  • Development of common assessments for grades 7 - 9
  • Program revision for alternative schools
  • Investigate remediation opportunities for high school students who don't meet the standards in science

The mentor responsibilities will include

  • Weekly 30-minute observations of new teachers during the first quarter of the year
  • Weekly e-mail communication to new teachers and their mentors
  • Monthly meetings with all new teachers
  • Summer training for the induction program

And more goodies. I won't be bored next year.


Hg said...

The mentoring aspect of your role seems interesting. At my school it's a little too disorganised for me to get much out of.

After student teaching rounds, I never thought I'd miss observations of my teaching but I am finding I really miss the feedback and opportunity for improvement. I'm sure it would still make me very apprehensive though.

"Ms. Cornelius" said...

Holy Moly! How do you get anything DONE?

I've descended to a new level of hell by agreeing to FOUR preps-- onw of which has to be created from scratch and no textbook-- and I'm going to lead a professional development strand.

I've heard that the word is pronounced "NO," but it's apparently not in my actual vocabulary. We should try it sometime.

The Science Goddess said...

Maybe there is some sort of 12-step program for us?