James Madison University: Teacher-in-Residence
- Based largely on interest and expertise of the TIR, we received a $235k Virginia Math and Science Partnership grant to support Modeling Instruction training for in-service teachers.
- As the inaugural TIR, Joseph Mahler enthusiastically initiated many of the TIR roles from scratch.
- Incorporating the TIR more broadly within the Department of Physics & Astronomy.
- There is institutional commitment to support TIR position for three years beyond the life of the grant.
- An energetic and self-motivated TIR can make significant progress in establishing practices.
List of TIRs over the Project
- 2013-2014: Joseph Mahler - With 12 years experience teaching high school, most recently at St. Catherine's in Richmond, VA, Joe is active in statewide teacher organizations and Modeling Instruction.
Finding and Hiring a TIR
- As an institution in a rural region, the pool of potential applicants is somewhat limited, but word of mouth and a statewide Virginia Instructors of Physics listserv has been most effective.
Typical TIR Activities
- Supervising LAs.
- Participating in pedagogy course.
- Supervising practicum experiences.
- Mentoring students through College of Education coursework.
- Working on VA MSP grant proposal (based on personal interest) .