STEM

STEM in Multiple Subjects

Good day to all, 

I am a college student in a future educators teaching program, and I have been introduced to a STEM class. I do not have much experience in this topic, however, I have become extremely intrigued with the ideas and concepts of STEM. I have come to realize that there is an increasing desire for teachers to implement STEM into their classrooms and lessons. Curiously, I am wanting to know if there are ways to incorporate STEM into more or all subjects? If yes, how would a teacher begin to integrate english and STEM or Social Student and STEM?

Molly Jones
Molly Jones
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Hello Molly,

Young children do not come to school with brains that are divided into the subjects we teach – we compartmentalize the subjects for administrative reasons.  To help our students become well-rounded I strongly believe that we should be teaching all the subjects in an integrated manner.  STEM is an attempt to at least bring together similar subjects that should rely on each other.  However, we can’t even begin to teach these subjects without communication – which is language arts.  And, when you add social context, societal issues, ethics and geography to any lessons in STEM you have incorporated social studies.  And don’t forget about the arts!

Here are some concrete ideas you may want to consider (and if you want more ideas just send me a message):

To foster written communication, move away from fill-in-the-blank worksheets to incorporating reports and journaling activities.  Verbal communication is reinforced through discussion groups where students can use new terminology, brainstorm ideas, and share conclusions about data they have collected.  Teach students the do’s and don’ts of slide show presentations and have them present research projects, lab results, pictorial essays, and more to the class.

To integrate social studies students can overlay data on maps, plan and discuss environment-friendly campgrounds, debate issues and ethics related to science and technology (e.g. where to place wind-turbines, use of pesticides, genetic manipulation, terra-forming, and more)

Throughout all of this you can foster more creativity by integrating art, design, music, and movement as methods of displaying understanding of the topics you teach.

Hope this helps,

Gabe 

Gabe Kraljevic
Gabe Kraljevic
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