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Implementing STEM in the Classroom
I strongly believe that every teacher should implement STEM into their curriculum. All students should be aware of what STEM stands for and what STEM exactly is. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. The STEM world is full of excitement in the science field. Teachers beginning in elementary should be incorporating STEM based learning through Multiple Intelligence stations. These stations are ways where students can explore the given intelligence without really realizing it. These are meant to be fun and engaging for the students. For example, I have seen a teacher have a STEM station that was building different famous figures that were around the world. This involved the art of creative thinking like how a scientist might need to think in order to get to an answer. Another way, is easy as just having a science station be exploring how to use a microscope even in an ELA classroom like my mentor teacher does. She has the students use a microscope to decode spelling and vocabulary words. The students might not be focused on science at the time, but it allows them to utilize and become familiar with the different tools. This builds their schema of science tools without even realizing it.
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I totally agree that teachers should implement STEM into their curriculum. The fields of Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Engineering is ever growing! Preparing our future students with the skills necessary to thrive in these fields is being emphasized in education. I think that the concept of STEM can seem intimidating in the classroom but I have found many resources online of ideas and ways to implement STEM in the classroom. I think what makes STEM so exciting is that educators are using hands-on and relatable means to incorporate STEM in the classroom. My elementary class was learning about plays in their Reading course. Instead of simply reading a play, the students were asked to create their own play and use a green screen to perform it. The students were able to use a technology piece (the green screen technology) in their reading assignment. Through the project students were able to create, use technology, and learn about plays all at the same time. STEM might seem like an impossible task to implement, but it can be worthwhile and fun for your students!
Here is one of the resources I found regarding STEM in the classroom: STEM in the classroom
Thanks for sharing your idea of using the microscopes in an ELA classroom! It's such a simple idea that can really build student's knowledge of two subjects within one activity.
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Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I would most definitely have to agree with you, because the STEM fields are currently blossoming. As teachers, we need to build off of their excitement by providing meaningful answers, and asking a variety of probing questions that get their minds thinking. I myself have never thought of learning through multiple intelligence stations, but I think it's a great idea! This allows students' imaginations to come alive, while getting the message across more effectively because it's presented in multiple ways. I love the fact that your mentor teacher uses a microscope to decode words. This shows the students that even though a microscope is not primarily intended for use in an ELA classroom, all subjects are interconnected in one way or another.
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Hi Jennifer and Ana!
I appreciate you both sharing your teaching and learning experiences during student teaching. It does give creative ideas of how to integrate science and math into reading and language arts class. Science, Mathematics, Technology, and Engineering(STEM) are crucial subjects that need to be thoroughly taught to students so that they will have access to maximum opportunities in the career world. In order for these students to achieve this access, they should be comfortable and interested enough with exploring in these concepts. I am student teaching in a math and science class, and I had fun today doing an experiment to see if mountains will last forever. The students got to explore for themselves the effects of weathering in a lab by shaking sugar cubes in a tupperware. This hands on activity gave the lesson authenticity and allowed students to explore on their own. I think that if teachers implement STEM effectively in their classroom, providing hands on, authentic, and educational lessons then students will grow to be fearless of it. Another idea could be that schools ask professionals in the STEM field to volunteer to engage with students in order to broaden their horizons.
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I think that it is great that you have been able to actively explore and implement Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into your classroom. Unfortunately, in my current student teaching classroom, STEM gets pushed to the side when it is not Math. I think that maximizing their opportunities in the classroom would translate to the real world but it has become difficult to make STEM a priority when most teachers do not see it as important until they are tested on it by the state. I think that in the classroom, in order for students to have fun is to implement hands on activities where they do explore themselves. I think that your idea of asking professionals in STEM fields to volunteer to engage students is a great idea!
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