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Christine Naab

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3 Problem-Solving Exercises for Your STEM Classroom

Mar 15, 2019 11:00:00 AM / by Christine Naab posted in STEM Curriculum Resources


Problem solving is a necessary skill that helps students excel, not only in school but in their future careers as well. Utilizing problem solving exercises in your classroom is a fun and effective way to help your students learn how to analyze and tackle problems. Here are three that you can try:

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Reasons Why Career and Technology Education is Here to Stay

Mar 1, 2019 11:00:00 AM / by Christine Naab posted in STEM Careers and CTE


Career and technical education (CTE) has seen a remarkable increase in popularity over the past twenty years when compared to other education reforms—such as common core. Despite this unusually long running trend, the question of whether or not CTE is here to stay is still a debated topic. However, one thing that is clear: CTE is tremendously beneficial to young students. In this post, we will explore some of the reasons why this educational pathway may just stick around, and how it can provide students with real-world skills and career connections.


Rise in Popularity

The media has shown a great deal of interest in career and technical education, most notably since 2004 where mention of CTE has grown more than tenfold. In the last seven years, media attention of CTE has doubled. We’ve seen a drastic increase in the number of articles on the subject, having risen more than a hundredfold in the past two decades. Career and technical education has been on a steady upwards slope, and many claim that this is due to the lack of controversy that surrounds it compared to the increasingly controversial Common Core and No Child Left Behind programs. A more in depth analysis of this data can be found here.


Research suggests that CTE’s rise is not just a fad, given its long-running and steady popularity, but the result of a larger movement. Skills training is becoming ever more sought after in today’s education atmosphere, given its direct alignment with various careers. As long as there are jobs that require specific skills, it is safe to assume that career and technical education is here to stay.


Benefit for Students

It is vital for students to learn the necessary skills that would make them a valuable asset in the economy and prepare them for higher education. More important than learning how to be a good student is learning how to work with a team and how to apply certain skills in the workforce. CTE allows students to get a jumpstart on learning these real-world skills, and the sooner they begin the more likely they are to get hired and stand out from their coworkers.


Not only does career and technical education help students develop sought after skills, it often provides a way for them to make career connections early on. Some schools offer a CTE career center that helps students connect with local companies, and others host a career fair that allows students to explore and talk with companies in their fields of interest. Career and technical education is empowering students to reach higher and achieve things they never thought possible.


For more information about the wide variety of careers available to students in technical fields, check out this resource: Making Career Connections in the STEM Classroom.


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How Career Connections Benefit STEM Students

Nov 26, 2018 2:29:00 PM / by Christine Naab posted in STEM Careers and CTE


An important part of student engagement in STEM education is the ability to show connection with what students are learning and the real world. This shows them the relevance of what they are studying. When shown through a workforce-centered lens, students can gain even more from what they are learning. In this post we will look at how making these career connections can benefit students in your STEM classroom.

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3 Ethics Lessons to Teach in Your STEM Classroom

Nov 23, 2018 1:28:00 PM / by Christine Naab posted in Social-Conscious STEM


While the concepts themselves are important in teaching STEM lessons, it is also important to explore the ethical rights and wrongs of using this technology in the real world. In this post, we will explore three different ethics principles that are important to teach your STEM students during the semester.


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How Social Media in the Classroom Can Benefit Students

Nov 20, 2018 12:07:00 PM / by Christine Naab posted in STEM Education Tools


Social media plays a large part in your students’ lives, and while it is often feared as a distraction, social media can enhance your classroom when used correctly. In this post, we’ll focus on the ways classroom social media can benefit your students.

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