I'm also a STEM consulting teacher for Rincon Valley USD
What subject(s) do you teach?:
How many years have you been teaching?:
14 years (gasp!) - 3 at the high school level and 11 at the middle school level
"Post It notes (especially the funny shaped ones)"
I'm just going to come right out and say it: I'm a nerd. I'm a science nerd. I'm a curriculum nerd. I'm a photography nerd. I think watching documentaries (especially involving Bill Nye) is awesome. I love starting with a blank slate when it comes to planning out a new unit (I have a teacher's guide here...somewhere...). I spend my free time taking pictures of my goofy 2 year old daughter and sitting on the floor with her playing with Legos.
Outstanding! Honoring the work that teachers do on their own time, often paid out of their own pocket, for the good of the students, only makes sense. If we were in the business world, we'd be offered professional development paid for by the company, on company time.
The "consulting teacher" is a 2-year position that is supposed to be 100%. We have 4 all together: E/LA, Math, STEM, Differentiation. We are based out of the district office, but we frequently roam to different school sites. We make appointments with teachers to be in their classrooms for any number of services, such as demonstration lessons, observations, or just to serve as an extra pair of hands when the teachers are trying out something new. The CTs apply for the position in the spring and, if they are hired, they are in the position for two years. At the end of two years, they return to a classroom assignment (but not necessarily the one they left).
I'm not sure why Thursday was chosen as the day as that was done before I joined the team. We have minimum days on Wednesdays to allow for professional development within contract hours. The Thursday sessions are outside of the contract hours and are offered as a paid or unit accumulation opportunity. I think that Thursdays work well because teachers have just one more day in the week after this session and that helps!