Michelle Fleming

I am an Associate Professor of STEM education at Wright State University. I have been a classroom teacher in urban PK-6 public schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado, and currently consult and collaborate with PK-12 teachers in Ohio. My research includes learning gardens and outdoor classrooms, democratic STEM, arts-integrated science/STEAM, cooperative learning, and connecting science content to the identities of the learners by recognizing social, gender, and cultural preferences.




Wright State University

Recent Posts by Michelle

Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:46 AM in Motivation
In my own experiences (I have taught 4th and 5th graders) in urban public schools, I have found that by playing up to students' interests in the classroom (i.e. connecting whatever content we are studying to interests, utilizing interests to engage in the content, etc.) students were motivated to work and seek answers to their questions around science content. I have always tried to abide by thes...

Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:37 AM in Enough time for science?
The nature of science is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. Within the field of science, disciplines are meant to be linked and connected, as well as rely on tools, information, and communication outside of the field of science - connecting to language arts, social science, and mathematics. If we look back to the history of science and technology, science was connected to other disciplines...

Recent Reviews by Michelle

Sat Oct 08, 2016 10:09 PM
5 Early Childhood Education in Ohio
This is a collection of excellent resources for teaching early childhood science in Ohio. I am impressed! Additionally there is a personal lesson plan shared about the physical properties of water that would be great for grade 3 states of matter.

Thu Mar 10, 2016 8:10 PM
5 Thank you
I sincerely appreciated the time these faculty and staff put into this webinar. The resources they shared and opportunity to rethink elementary science methods were greatly appreciated. I particularly am excited about the "blurring of boundaries" between methods coursework and field experiences and how to create deeper connections in this approach to teacher education. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:19 PM
Thanks for sharing these resources around STEM in one collection. You have a variety of items in the collection.

Recent Public Collections by Michelle

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Type: User uploaded resource

Dinosaur Day!
Type: Journal Article

Will It Float?
Type: Journal Article

Science Methods: Science Teaching Collection

23 Resources

Here is an introduction to best science teaching methods.

Design Challenges Are "ELL-ementary"
Type: Journal Article

The Art of Argumentation
Type: Journal Article