Master Teachers

The Teacher-in-Residence Program and SPIN-UP

written by Steve Iona

Steve Iona of the University of Denver addresses the question, "The Teacher in Residence (TiR) can influence future teachers; the TiR can influence students who might consider becoming future teachers; but can the TiR influence a physics department to be more interested in preparing future teachers?"

College Ready in Mathematics and Physics

written by Gay Stewart and Bernard Madison

The mission of the College Ready Mathematics and Physics Partnership, a 7M dollar NSF MSP program lead by the University of Arkansas, is to enhance mathematics and physics learning for all students in its partner districts and teacher-preparation programs in partner institutions, closing achievement gaps, and preparing students for success in mathematics, science, and teaching careers. This will be achieved by building learning communities of 7-12 teachers and college faculty that foster and nurture smooth access to, productive disposition toward, and preparation for success in college.

Teacher Advisory Group: Strategies

published by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

Many PhysTEC sites have recruited local physics teachers to form Teacher Advisory Groups (TAGs), which meet regularly with department faculty to help improve pre-service teacher preparation. TAGs can serve several functions within a teacher preparation program. Several programs have benefited from the advice and expertise that local teachers were able to provide. TAGS can also become communities where teacher networks form, and where pre-service teachers can meet and learn from experienced working teachers.

TIR'S and Teacher Preparation: The What, When, Why and How!

written by David Buck-Moyer and Nancy Stauch

The need to recruit, train, and retain well-prepared science teachers has never been higher. This presentation explores how a Teacher in Residence (TIR) program can enhance and improve a teacher education program. TIR's are experienced local science teachers, brought on to a university campus to address teacher preparation. The presentation covers the roles TIRs can play in; methods courses, supervision of student teachers, liaison with the college of education and local schools, formation and guidance of a teacher advisory group, and the development of innovative courses to draw in new science teachers. Finally the presentation examines how a program like this can work at particular schools and how programs can be sustained at the university level.

What Can a Master Teacher/ Teacher-in-Residence Do for Your Program?

published by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition

The linchpin of most successful teacher preparation programs around the country is the Master Teachers (MT), or Teacher-in-Residence (TIR) – an agent of change who applies classroom wisdom to the tasks of identifying, training, and supporting teachers of physics. The role of a TIR includes recruiting new teachers, supervising field experiences, mentoring pre-service and beginning teachers, teaching methods and content classes, redesigning existing course curricula and developing new courses, redesigning and giving professional development workshops, and giving numerous workshops and presentations at local schools as well as at state, regional, and national meetings.

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