This week's blog post co-writer, Nancy Lindfors, currently serves as the Manager of Evaluation and Degree Programs at Learners Edge. Nancy has experience in K-12 education as a Middle and High School science teacher, and has worked in Faculty Development and Academic Affairs in Higher Education as well as Community Education and Corporate Training and Development.
This week's blog post co-writer, Barb Istas, is currently a Learners Edge Curriculum and Instruction Specialist. Prior to joining Learners Edge, Barb was a language arts teacher for 25 years in a large suburban Minnesota school district where she integrated the arts in her daily classroom instruction.
STEM, STEAM and Inquiry- What’s in It for Me?
The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create [people] who are capable of doing new things. ~ Jean Piaget
Google “student-centered learning” and you’ll get over 3 million hits! Teachers across the country are working tirelessly to create engaging and relevant learning experiences for their students. The shift toward STEM and STEAM with a focus on inquiry learning is in high gear! Many educators believe these strategies will deepen student understanding, improve academic performance, and prepare students with 21st Century Skills needed in tomorrow’s workforce. The brain science is clear; but we’d like to focus in on another compelling factor to this equation – teacher engagement and passion! How can STEM, STEAM and Inquiry help to recharge your battery and benefit you as “lead thinker” in your classroom? Find your flow zone!