By Jo Anne Vasquez, Michael Comer, and Joel Villegas
Over the last couple of years, we have heard many teachers ask, “Where do I begin?” when it comes to STEM learning. An important first step is determining what STEM education is. Understanding how to craft STEM experiences is a critical second step for bringing STEM into your classroom.
Inspired by this question, we devised the W.H.E.R.E. Model as a guide through the process of creating cohesive and integrated STEM lessons and unit. The image below presents a simple mnemonic that identifies the five essential building blocks of unit development:
You may have heard the words "what's wrong with the old way of teaching math? I learned math that way just fine!" from parents, students, family members, even colleagues. As the approach to math shifts toward students' understanding math, and away from rote memorization, many adults think back to their own experiences as students in the math classroom and often long for "the good old days. "
Summer school teachers often struggle to find just the right tools to address students’ distinct and sometimes challenging needs. They also often have limited time to prepare lessons and deliver instruction.
The authors of Math in Practice are all master teachers and math coaches, most of whom are still in classrooms every day. They designed every component of Math in Practice to be flexible and helpful, keeping the varying needs of teachers and students in mind—and making it a perfect resource to support a summer school program.
Listen to Marcy Myers and Laura Hunovice, two of the coauthors, talk about how Math in Practice gives any teacher a place to start—along with lots of coaching, lesson ideas, and downloadable resources to support instruction:
"Where do I begin?" is a question many teachers ask when it comes to STEM teaching and learning. Inspired by this question, the authors of STEM Lesson Guideposts created a planning model with five key guideposts to provide educators with a structure and guidance for conceiving, creating, and organizing STEM experiences that are both rigorous and relevant to students' lives.
In the video below, coauthor Michael Comer talks briefly about the differences between STEM Lesson Guideposts and its predecessor (STEM Lesson Essentials), and how the focus of each book connects with the other.
In 2009, Congress officially recognized 3/14 as National Pi Day…but it’s always been a day math teachers have circled on their calendars.
(And just in case you don’t have the first few digits of Pi memorized: 3.1415926…)
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STEM has become a bit of a buzzword, but the heart behind STEM learning remains critically important.
In this video, Michael Comer, coauthor of the bestselling STEM Lesson Essentials, talks about STEM and what he’s sees as some of its critical goals—for example, applying information and learning in new and flexible ways.
Coming in 2017: STEM Lesson Guideposts, the companion to STEM Lesson Essentials, will unpack the "how" of STEM learning, providing teachers and leaders a practical roadmap for designing meaningful, applicable STEM lessons and units.