reading my teacher resource books. STEM Lesson Essentials has been
on the top of my stack of must-reads. While traveling to Kentucky for the
Ag in the Classroom Conference I had two layovers, this finally gave me the
opportunity to read it! I couldn’t put it down. It has practical
and engaging ways to implement STEM into your classroom. I couldn’t stop writing in my book.
WRITE IN MY BOOKS! I take notes, make wish list, write in activities
that will connect to their ideals, etc. (Teachers use comprehension
curriculum, making connections to real event learning, and project based
learning! The key I gained from this book was the importance of making learning
RELEVANT~ Giving students a purpose to learn!
smartest cookie in class. As a student I
struggled with reading (Black Bird Reading Group), which led me to struggle
with every other content area. Learning
didn’t engage me, I would rather count the ceiling tiles, draw the patterns of
the floor tiles, count how many times my teacher said a certain word, or watch
out the window as bus drivers walked to the convenient store. I’m not saying my teachers didn’t do cool
projects, I was just getting tutored in reading while students were learning
about pioneers, creating plays about the Silk Road, or anything else concerning
Science or Social Studies. (Note: my
reading group did get to come back to be the AUDIENCE for their performances) I
don’t hold a hint of bitterness! Just
kidding! Teachers do the best they can with the knowledge they have at the
time! Reading is important, but sometimes the key to get struggling students
excited about reading is to integrate it into Science and Social Studies.
must be intentional in integrating.
units need to have a variety of outcomes.
based/ Project Based Approaches
students see connections in the skills they are learning to other subject
areas? (Are skills transferring?)
to Challenge students
is any modification of the natural world to meet a human need or achieve a
Gear Activity (can’t wait to do this with my class), Roller coasters, Geodesic
Cities, and several others.