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A STEM Success Story

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The new STEM Lesson Guideposts is the companion to the bestselling STEM Lesson Essentials and a practical guide for helping you on your journey of creating integrated, interdisciplinary STEM lessons and units.

Jo Anne Vasquez, Michael Comer, and Joel Villegas (the authors of STEM Lesson Guideposts) have worked with districts, schools, and educators across the country (and around the world), helping them better understand what STEM learning is and how to develop hands-on, integrated STEM lessons and units.

In the video below, Michael Comer talks about how a third grade team in a school with a high population of English learners successfully integrated STEM into their curriculum.

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Where Do I Begin with STEM Learning?

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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:

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STEM Lesson Guideposts

E08776_Vasquez and Comer and Villegas_Bookcover_8779Think of your STEM journey as a highway. When you’re driving along you see those marker signs on the side of the road. These guideposts can provide direction and key information just when you need it. This is how authors Jo Anne Vasquez, Michael Comer and Joel Villegas describe how their work in STEM Lesson Guideposts is designed. They say their guideposts provide direction and key information at critical times when planning a STEM journey.  

We recently talked with Jo Ann and Michael, and started our conversation on the misconceptions about what STEM actually is.

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Connecting the What and How of STEM Learning

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"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.

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