Questions to Consider
The purpose of these questions is to get you thinking about issues that might be important for recruiting and preparing math and science majors to become teachers.
- What are some of your goals for educational change in your department/university?
- In what ways might the LA program help you meet these goals?
- Who can you think of in your department that could help you initiate an LA program. What other faculty at your university may be interested in working with you?
- In what courses could you or your department use LAs? Why these courses?
- How could you use LAs given your departmental constraints/resources? How will this be of value to them? How will this be of value to the department?
- How might you evaluate the success of your LA program given your particular goals?
- What are some possible sources of funding or compensation for LAs? Stipends? Credit?
- Who will support and mentor LAs? How will you prepare LAs?
- Who will teach the LA pedagogy course?
Nuts & Bolts
Typical things that we worry about before each new semester:
- Finding funding for LAs.
- Finding undergraduates to participate as LAs.
- Finding rooms for the LA-supported classes.
- Buy/Make equipment.
- Find faculty to help me out.
- Find instruments to measure conceptual gains.
- Find instruments to measure attitudes.
- Deal with anticipated obstacles.
- Figure out web-based assessments.
- Understand methods for putting LAs in the system.
- Generate a curriculum for the pedagogy course.
- Apply for NSF supported Noyce Fellowships.
- Create a plan for training LAs.
One Semester Planning Overview
Typical events and rough estimates in the semester when they should occur:
- Schedule rooms for LA Classes (months before classes begin)
- Schedule rooms for Orientation/Info Session (one month before classes begin)
- Orientation and Sexual Harassment Training (one week before classes begin)
- Mathematics and Science Education Seminar (weekly throughout semester)
- Lead Faculty Member/LA Planning Sessions (weekly throughout semester)
- Faculty Meetings (Bi-weekly throughout semester)
- LA Information/Recruitment Sessions for next semester (9th or 10th week of classes)
- Web application deadline (two weeks following the information session)
- Interviews with LA candidates (following application review)
- Decisions on LA hiring for following semester (last few weeks of semester)
- Acceptance/Rejection letters sent to applicants (last week of semester)