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Carl Sagan once said, “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them.” It's true that conventional teaching methods do little to inspire a love of science and technology. A focus on rote learning not only limits students' understanding of science and math concepts, but it also contributes to waning STEM interest as children progress through school.
Getting students to stick with STEM requires a new approach. Here's what teachers can do to foster a love of science and technology in young learners.
Getting Comfortable with STEM
Before educators can instill STEM confidence in students, they need to get comfortable with STEM themselves. Elementary school teachers often feel apprehensive about teaching science and technology due to a lack of strong background in the subjects. A variety of STEM professional development courses cater to elementary teachers seeking to expand their STEM literacy. The most effective programs combine professional development with new curriculum materials.
Advanced teaching degrees also give teachers the opportunity to specialize with master's degree programs in science and mathematics education. With online degrees, current teachers can reap the benefits of an advanced degree without putting their careers on pause.
3 Rules for Effective STEM Education
What makes STEM education stick? By following these simple rules, educators can design STEM lessons that emphasize creativity and critical thinking rather than content expertise.
Tips to STEM-ify Your Curriculum
How can teachers find time to foster creativity and experimentation when there are standards to meet? By building STEM education into everyday classroom materials.
STEM Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources
Looking for fun ways to bring STEM into the classroom? These teacher-recommended resources are full of great ideas to enhance your STEM curriculum.
STEM Books for Students and Teachers
Books are a great way to build the connections between science, math, engineering, and kids' everyday lives.
STEM careers are the future, but students won’t pursue STEM if it’s introduced in a way that’s difficult to engage with or understand. By rethinking your approach to STEM education, you can nurture a generation of students with the skills, passion, and confidence to succeed in STEM.
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