Safety Quality Equity
ONE JOB ONE EDUCATOR
Meet Maggie Ross, a specialist who is taking time to tackle technology so that she can continue connecting with students and encourage independent learning. See the preparations, presentation skills and practice involved in creating a short lesson video for students. Where does the time go?
In Maggie's 4 years in the district she has served at 5 different schools, each year sharing students with a second teacher. This means having to start over with new students and initiating a new program every year. Seeing students only once or twice a week, this greatly hampers teaching and learning. In teaching preparation courses we are taught to plan a program to span a student's school career. This gives us time to build collaborative relationships with staff and students and to maintain a spiral curriculum, broadening and deepening student understanding as they develop over the years. Student turnover happens, and cannot be controlled, but teacher turnover is much more easily managed. Our human resources can be so much better managed by allowing young(and old) teachers to put down roots and flourish. Strong creative, and capable teachers are likely to go elsewhere to find more rewarding work if the current deployment practices continue.
7 minutes: Create several different versions of the Tempo visuals in order to have one that will work with the Screencastify video
5 minutes: Try over and over to get Screencastify to show both my screen and the embedded webcam
10 minutes: Multiple takes of the video until I had one with ok-enough sound and only minimal mistakes
5 minutes: Save the Screencastify video to the linked Google drive, then export it to the computer as an MP4 video
5 minutes: Upload the video to the Sway I created for independent music lessons
15 minutes: Multiple takes of part 1 (upper half, explanation and playing/singing)
3 minutes: Render part 1
10 minutes: Several takes of part 2 (lower half, doing the signing)
2 minutes: Render part 2
3 minutes: Adjust sound balance, watermark, other design elements within app
10 minutes: Render, upload, and save video to phone
1 minute: Upload to computer
15 minutes: Upload the video to the Sway I created for independent music lessons
Time is of the Essence
Even taking a survey to shine a light on the inequities(which you should absolutely do, no matter your situation)involves inequitable amounts of work!
When asked how many students served, one teacher was able to call their office manager and ask for the enrollment number for the school. Boom. Done. Another has to sort through every class in TAC/Teams/Schoology, adding up the class numbers for each section, sifting through classes they don't serve and sorting out students they share with other teachers. At multiple schools.
Please fill out the survey so steps can be taken to make TPS a rewarding place to be an educator.