Lynn Kirby and
This presentation outlines the role of master teachers in the University of Texas UTeach program. The selection, roles, and responsibilities of the master teachers are outlined. Master Teachers have lengthy experience and success mentoring novice teachers. Master Teachers can "speak the language" of local school district students, teachers and administrators. Master Teachers have, also, taught in the public school environment, they have credibility with UTeach students.
the Physics Teacher Education Coalition
The importance of Master Teachers has been recognized nationally – for example, the 2000 report "Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology" calls for the presence of "master/mentor teachers in partner school districts [who] would have adjunct appointments with the schools of education or the departments of science, mathematics, or engineering [and who] would take on a significant role in the mentoring of future teachers during their practicum experiences." This site is an internet resource for Master Teachers and TIRs including background information on the PhysTEC project, contact information for other Master Teachers, and suggestions and guidelines for program development, induction and mentoring, and course reform.
Julia Olsen and
We face a crisis in mathematics and science teacher preparation in the United States. This is especially true in regard to physics teachers. As the political uproar has increased, the pressure on institutions of higher learning and on physics departments in particular has become more intense, leaving many to wonder about possible solutions. How can we, as physicists, take on such an overwhelming task in an area where we have little experience or training?
This article deals with one approach to addressing these issues. The use of exemplary K-12 teachers as agents of change in universities has been quietly making its way into teacher preparation programs around the country over the past decade. While it is not unheard of for K-12 teachers to work on college campuses as an entry level or temporary instructor, it has rarely been the case that they are sought out specifically for their expertise in the K-12 classroom. However, more and more K-12 teachers are employed to directly apply their classroom wisdom to the many facets of identifying, recruiting and supporting K-12 teachers of physics. In this role, they are commonly called Teachers-in-Residence (TIRs) or Master Teachers (MTs).
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