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Top 4 STEM Career Fields (Plus Some You May Have Not Considered)

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on May 23, 2018 10:05:14 AM

 

By Jamie LaGesse

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?"

As STEM teachers, we could answer with any of the following: "job stability", "economic growth," or "for your future." All of these responses are true, but none will resonate quite as much as this one: MONEY.

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4 Effective Alternatives to Multiple-Choice Assessments

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on May 10, 2018 9:46:54 AM

 

science teacher working on a project-based assignment in class.

 

By Jamie LaGesse

As a teacher, you carefully craft your lesson plan to allow students multiple ways to interact with the content. You plan hands-on activities or labs, integrate cooperate learning strategies, and give time to practice calculations. After days of working through content using carefully selected activities enabling students to practice what they are learning, it is time for the assessment.  You draft a multiple-choice exam covering the material, grade the tests, and record the data. But how do you know what they really learned? Did the students who scored poorly on the assessment not learn anything? Did the students who scored well really master the material?

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What is STEM? Settling into a Definition that Works

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on May 4, 2018 12:55:18 PM

 

What is STEM?

 

By: Jamie LaGesse

If you were to ask teachers, parents, or students this question, you would get a wide variety of responses:

"Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math."

"The use of project-based learning to guide instruction."

"Educators helping students develop workforce skills."

All of these answers are scattered but absolutely correct. If you are defining STEM based on inputs, or tools and instructional strategies considered best practices in STEM classrooms. But, what really is the endgame when it comes to STEM instruction?

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Putting the "T" in STEM on a Shoestring Budget

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on Apr 18, 2018 2:05:37 PM

 

Putting technology in STEM

 

By Jamie LaGesse 

The word "technology" usually brings to mind images of smartphones, tablets, and computers. These devices are pretty incredible, giving us access to the entire World Wide Web with the swipe of a fingertip. Yet, thinking of "technology" in these terms is very limiting. A quick search on dictionary.com defines "technology" as the development of knowledge for practical purposes, usually to satisfy a need or solve a problem.

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How to connect STEM to your Standards

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on Aug 28, 2017 12:12:42 PM

By: Amanda James

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).

So, how can we remedy this problem and better prepare our students for the workforce? At NISE, we believe the answer is to immerse students in STEM learning. STEM can be understood as simply integrating the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Or, it can describe an approach to learning that enables students to take an active role in the asking of questions and solving of problems. This second interpretation applies a STEM mindset to all disciplines, not only science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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What is Mastery Learning in STEM?

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on Jul 27, 2017 1:32:49 PM

By: Amanda James

One of the biggest challenges teachers face in the classroom is ensuring learning for all. What do I do if some of the students get it and others do not? How do I challenge the students that grasp the content at a faster rate than other students? How can I support my struggling students who get lost early in the material but do not ask for help? How can I challenge my students to think critically and problem solve? What activities can I use to provide my students with creative opportunities while still interacting with content?

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