Mentoring and Support for Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers
Proposed revisions to TEKS for all Career and Technical Education courses are posted for review at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/teks/cteTEKS.html. Feedback forms are also posted, with directions for submitting to the Texas Education Agency.
Since these courses will replace your current state-adopted courses, it is very important for teachers to review and comment. Writing teams have worked hard to get the courses to this point, but they have worked under a very short timeline. They are relying on the informal review process to point out omissions or revisions needed, and unless review comments are received, they cannot make changes.
Please look at the flowchart attached below for each cluster to get the “big picture” of how courses fit together. Then read through each course to determine whether everything students need to know is covered. You are the front line experts, and you can most readily recognize if content you consider especially critical has been left out, or possibly needs restating, or otherwise needs editing. Your positive feedback where courses look good will also help the writing team.
To comment, complete the Informal Feedback Form posted on the site linked above and submit per instructions to TEA.
I am getting several computers in my room (yea! ) and I would really like to purchase some CAD software for my Interior Design class. Is there anyone that has implemented CAD into their ID class and any particular software you would recommend? Thanks!
Just the other evening I attended a meeting of cooperating teachers and student teachers at NMSU’s Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Dr. Merrilyn Cummings and Linda Wells led a session on the expectations of both cooperating and student teachers, as well as their roles as program coordinators. I am truly amazed with the quality of work these 2 women share with FACS teachers/ teachers-in-training. Some of the expectations we shared included: being organized and supportive, being open to new possibilities, sharing our resources, giving our best and having fun!
Let us never forget why we have chosen our professions. I really feel that by being Family and Consumer Sciences teachers, we are teaching our youth the skills they need for their personal development, which will in turn lead to a better society. Just imagine what each of our communities would be like if all of our students learned and applied the skills we teach them! Keep up the good work!