Project based learning and the make movement are good starting points. Don't wait for certifications or special grant funding. It doesn't take much to boost a simple cookie cutter lesson to the level of problem solving the requires critical thinking and data based decision-making, the foundation of STEAM to STEM programs. Today's post focuses on the tinkers. Start those little monsters off right with a few easy changes to your day. Focus on building critical foundations in numeracy, place value, size, scale, and technology with literacy focused challenges. Keep it simple and full of numbers.
Teach them to analyze, question, and make decisions. Start with the simple problem of lining up for lunch. Let them choose various ways to get in line (shoe color, by alphabet, table location).
I am a partner in Art of STEM and co-developer of many K-12 STEM pipeline programs. I love teaching teachers, and I am really patient with kids (sometimes not so patient with adults). More importantly, I am mom to an 8-yr-old and owned by 2 cats. Here is my little family and my awesome Art of STEM partners.
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