One of the repercussions of the STEM award from last year, was being urged by both the Dallas Foundation poeople and by the TI people to influence more students than my own. Usually to do that, you have to leave the classroom. In fact, at least two of the STEM award winners have. Both have gone into administration.
I'm lucky, I don't have to go into administration to make that influence. For the past 10 years at least, I've helped write our various district finals, and had a major role in writing curriculum.
This year, I've done even more. I've been writing detailed curriculum for our Computer Science I (Visual Basic) class. I've been detailed enough so that another teacher can do exactly what I do. It's also detailed enough for someone to teach the course online (hopefully me).
I'll be writing our district final for the same subject, and probably do part of the staff development for my subject in June.
It feels good. And I'm really glad I don't have to give up the daily contact of a class. That's the most fun part about teaching. Even better, once in a while the kids realize it. I had a couple of kids arguing about it a few days ago. One kid say -- yeah, Mrs. Weaver REALLY likes it here or she wouldn't be here. VERY nice to hear.