The 5+ Club Supported SiteThe 5+ Club Supported Site University of Central Florida: Teacher-in-Residence

Successes

  • Website, flyers, and newsletters established by TIR to generate interest and build PhysTEC program.
  • Established a connection between Physics Department and College of Education and Human Performance.
  • Established a connection between Physics Department and four local school districts (Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County, Volusia County).
  • TIR recruited two Learning Assistant pre-teacher students to Science Education MAT program.
  • Worked with faculty and student groups to enhance outreach projects.
  • TIR facilitated communication with professor and school, resulting in the professor visiting the school to show demos and give a talk on careers and research in modern physics.

Challenges

  • Need to create a system for new TIRs to successfully maintain projects that are started in previous years.
  • TIR (and PhysTEC program) not initially accepted within College of Education and Human Performance.

Sustainability

  • The University has agreed to support the TIR position for three years beyond the PhysTEC project.
  • TIR to offer mentoring services to Science Education undergraduates.

Lessons Learned

  • Our initial TIR's knowledge of both the physics and education departments at our institution was valuable.
  • The TIR should be fully integrated with physics faculty.

List of TIRs over the Project

  • [2013 - 2015]: Kevin Thomas - Taught for four years at Professional and Technical High School in Kissimmee, FL with a BS in Physics and MAT in Science Education from UCF.

Finding and Hiring a TIR

  • Get names of local teachers who have participated in Modeling Instruction Workshops from the American Modeling Teachers Association.
  • Directly email local high school physics teachers to advertise the position.
  • Request Science Resource Specialists to recommend local teachers who may be interested in the position.

Typical TIR Activities

  • Actively engage in recruitment strategies and planning.
  • Assist faculty and student clubs in outreach activities.
  • Teach/Co-teach introductory physics courses.
  • Modify course curriculum.
  • Interact with faculty to promote PhysTEC program within department.
  • Plan and implement teacher workshops and mentoring.
  • Arrange LAs and other pre-teacher students to obtain early teaching experience in local high schools.