Pamela Dupre

I'm a STEM Master Teacher for grades 3 -5. I spend 3 weeks at 3 different schools on a rotation basis throughout the year. I have been fortunate to receive professional development with LEGO EV3 Mindstorm Robots, Little Bits, and Vernier Probeware. I love what I do! My husband is my biggest cheerleader. I am beyond excited to meet with other educators from all over the U.S. and spend a week immersed in science and math. Having access to so much information before the academy is just incredible. #MEMTA16 PS This year has brought a new challenge. We lost two elementary STEM Teachers and now each of us serves 4 schools. We spend one week at each school. Email and texting are essential to keep up with what is happening at each school. I've been working with teachers on choosing grants to write that will help them get the materials they want and need to enrich their STEM lessons. It's exciting to have Kindergarten teachers ask for my help!

Location

LA

Affiliation

Calcasieu Parish School Board

Recent Posts by Pamela

Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:50 PM in Getting Hired and Surviving Year One
I wish I knew when I first started what types of support were available to brand new teachers. Now, they assign mentor teachers who are invaluable! Ask if you are required to do any extras outside of the school day. I mean things like sponsoring a club. What type of discipline is in place school wide? Where I teach, at the beginning of each year, there is a binder each teacher receives that outlin...

Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:31 PM in Energy Lesson Plan for Heat, Light, and Sound
This is a great lesson! You are so awesome to share. I would even do this with 4th and 5th graders as a pre-assessment to determine prior knowledge and any misconceptions. Thank you!!!!

Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:50 PM in Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
Life science, engineering, I'm sure you've heard about the egg drop challenge. The egg must be protected using whatever materials so that when dropped from a height the shell is not cracked. This can be tied to wearing helmets to keep your brain safe. Then I think of 3D printers and how students are using them to help create prosthetic limbs for people and animals. I do an oil spill lesson and...





Recent Reviews by Pamela


Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:17 AM
4 Art and Science Belong Together
I enjoyed this article and found it has some really good points like, creating confident students, connecting art to writing, and students having greater recall. I recently attended Space Exploration Educators Conference in Clear Lake, Texas. The very first keynote speaker was actually a panel of people who were either NASA scientists or artists. One of the artists is really into rockets. He made a stop motion video using rocket models that he made and then he invited everyone to meet up with him at some point during the conference to add to his Star Fleet. Needless to say, I couldn't wait until I had a break to go try my hand at that art/science activity. Art is a way to reach some students who may not pursue a career in the fields of science. Of course this article explains it better than I can.


Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:54 PM
5 Problems with Word Problems
This is worth the read if you are having issues with your students understanding the "how to" of solving word problems. In elementary school, our students first inclination is to add all of the numbers together in a word problem. I am sharing this article with the teachers I work with because it is important that we address this issue as early as possible so that students can have success in approaching word problems. The article states that: translating a word problem to a mathematical equation should be a methodical process rather than a quick, memorized process Developing a word equation is often an important step in the translation of a word problem into a math equation. When specifying variables to be used in a word problem, it helps to be precise about what the variables represent. You can use fractions to help estimate the numbers in a large population from a relatively small sample. We have to teach our students this process in order for them to be successful in math and feel confident as they move into middle and high school.


Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:40 PM
4 Testing
This article points out some valid reasons behind assessing students, teachers, districts, and states. We need a benchmark or baseline to determine where we are at any given time and to determine if our policies, procedures, and curriculum are pointing us in the right direction. However, in the years since this article has been written, assessment of students has exponentially increased to the point that it takes up too much instructional time on a daily basis. Each PLC teachers participate in are focused on data. We have to remember, we teach children, and yes, we need to review data to make sure we are serving those children in the best way possible. However, data is consuming time that would be better spent developing more enhancements for lessons and more one on one time with students.






Recent Public Collections by Pamela


Weather

11 Resources

track weather, weather articles, charts, cycles, climate



Weather Detectives: Searching for Cool Clues
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School


http://World Wide Weather: Involving students in GLOBE's real-life scientific research
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School


Rock N Roll

30 Resources

Meet the Flintstones



Rocks as Windows into the Past: Taking the idea of rocks as stories and developing a rock investigation
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School


Rock Solid
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School


DCI's, CC's, SEP's

27 Resources

NGSS 3 Dimensional Learning



Crosscurricular_Connections.doc
Type: User uploaded resource



DCI Arrangements of The Next Generation of Science Standards
Type: User uploaded resource