All in STEM

Building Teamwork at the Beginning of the Year with STEM

Did you know that STEM activities are a great way to build classroom community and teamwork at the beginning of the year?

Unfortunately,  STEM challenges can tend to be used as a classroom competition where students and groups are competing against each other. While classroom competitions can be fun, the goal of STEM should be to encourage a growth mindset in students.

How do we accomplish this?

Mother's Day STEM and Writing Activities

Mother's Day has definitely taken on a whole new meaning for Adam and I over the past couple years with the arrival of our daughter who will be two this month. We are also expecting a baby boy in September. 

As I started brainstorming educational and fun gift ideas students could make for Mother's Day, I began by thinking of what I would like to receive. This led me to the idea of...BATH BOMBS!

Making the Most of Your MakerSpace

A makerspace is a place in a classroom, library, or other common area of a school where students are encouraged to create, tinker, explore, discover, and invent using a variety of tools and materials. Effective makerspaces have been shown to foster peer-to-peer interaction as well as help students build confidence and take ownership of their learning. With so many benefits to the makerspace it is no wonder why they have taken off.

April STEM Activities

April is the perfect time to add some hands-on STEM fun to your classroom curriculum. The following activities are some of my favorite Earth Day and spring inspired STEM activities that are sure to get students engaged!

How to Organize a Winter Games STEM Competition in Your Classroom

The Winter Games begin next month and the learning opportunities for students are endless! One activity that is sure to ENGAGE is hosting a STEM Winter Games competition in your classroom.

To begin students will need to be placed into groups of 2 or 3. Assign each group a country participating in the Winter Games or let students choose their own country. Have students research their country and present their findings to the class.

Engage Students in the New Year with STEM

The new year is always a great time for teachers to reflect on the school year. What things are going well in your classroom? What aspects could use some improvement?

Are students engaged in learning? Are they collaborating with one another and using problem solving skills on a daily or weekly basis? 

Have you tried STEM in your classroom? If not the new year is the perfect time to get on board with STEM!

3 Things Culturally Responsive Educators Teach About Thanksgiving

November has arrived, and I can almost smell the turkey and stuffing. Although Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, (I mean who doesn't love to eat?!), it is definitely not one of my favorite holidays to teach about. 

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the topic of Thanksgiving. While teachers may set out to do justice to the holiday, exploring this topic in an honest and meaningful way is no easy task. Nevertheless, as culturally responsive teachers, it is our responsibility to provide accurate information in an effort to discourage the spreading of harmful cultural stereotypes.  

How to Use Fidget Spinners in the Classroom

By now I'm sure the fidget spinner craze has made it's way to your classroom. Perhaps you are enjoying your summer break right now hoping to not come in contact with another spinner EVER or at least not until school starts up again.

However, if your are like me, you have been looking for as many ways as possible to turn these fidget spinners into motivating learning activities. Here are just a few of the activities my students completed this school year with fidget spinners.