For the past several years, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects have stepped into the spotlight. And for good reason. James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C., has said, "The future of the economy is in STEM. That’s where the jobs of tomorrow will be.” According to the website of The STEM Education Coalition, "Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) support [Brown’s] assertion. Employment in occupations related to STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022."
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.
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:
Think 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 Guidepostsis 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.
"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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