By: Juliana Sarmiento Dávila.
As a new year begins lots of changes occur, but changes in a school as lovely and amazing as ours are just one of the best things we can come to.
This year 2017 is about to be incredible, because our teachers and administrative staff planned everything for us to accomplish our goals and grow not just physically but also as a person. Therefore, a new system was introduced to the school along with some new teachers who will help make the best of it.
The new system is based in faculties, and what are those? – Faculties are multiple subjects grouped together because they have a common characteristic, and each faculty has a dean, who is in charge to put an order to things. To understand what our school brought us this year we asked Daniel Ramirez, the STEM faculty dean, some questions, and here are his answers.
WHAT ARE THE FACULTIES FOR?
-A faculty system is an organization method for academic areas: STEM, Languages, Maths and Social studies.
So basically, it puts together common subjects to be analyzed by a specialized group.
HOW DOES STEM WORK?
It is divided in two groups, one for Science and one for Math, so the meetings schedule are different here. Science works on national standards for science and math.
Every teacher talks about what is the perfect class or activity for each grade, discuss about their progress and what are the problems in High School and how can they be solved.
WHAT IS THE DEAN’S ROLE?
We are a bridge between the teachers and the principals to connect and tell all the proposals, problems, and solutions for every grade, cycle and area.
WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM THIS SYSTEM?
I worked in the past with this method, especially in college, it has its pros and cons; the good thing is that is a better organization for teachers to do their job, and the bad thing is the division, making a teacher working alone, or that sometime it may look as some areas are more important than others, remarking that some subjects are more essential for students.