AtPatterson Joint Unified School District, our teachers union recently negotiated for every classroom teacher to get an additional prep period each week. To cover this time in their schedules, three other educators and I became teachers on special assignment, or TOSAs. We travel between classrooms and schools to offer instruction to students while their teachers prep.
After considering several subjects that we could teach, including art and physical education, we settled on computer science, a new subject in our district. Here’s how we’re making it work.