Lewisville ISD’s first STEM academy earns campus certification integrating research and best practices in STEM, 21st century learning, and professional development
As teachers, we often struggle with student buy-in and engagement. We've heard the question many times: "why do I need to learn this?"
Rural, Title I school in Carroll County earns certification integrating the most recent research and best practices in STEM, 21st century learning, and professional development
If you were to ask teachers, parents, or students this question, you would get a wide variety of responses:
"Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math."
Why do I need to learn this? It's a question every teacher has faced at one time or another. So, how do we convince students that what they are doing in the classroom matters? It's simple, really. We stop creating a gap between the "real" world and the "school world." What does that even mean? Which world are we living in if not the real one? Doesn't it make more sense to empower students to see the connections between their learning and the world outside of school?
Most teachers we talk to agree that their students struggle with critical thinking, problem-solving ability, and reasoning. We also know that many students lack the skills they need to read information, extract important points within the text, and synthesize what they have read (Barrow, 2006).
Think back to your first year of teaching. Whether you had just graduated from college where you majored in education or had completed an alternative certification program, most people can remember their first year of teaching like it was yesterday. At the end of your first year, your sense of satisfaction came from surviving all the unexpected trials you encountered. You were required to observe master teachers and take notes on how they ran their classroom. So, what made their classes good?