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The Holiday Season: STEM Edition

Dec 9, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Kelsey Batt posted in STEM Learning Methodologies, TechED

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Over the radio each December, Andy Williams can be heard crooning

"it's the mosttt wonderful timee of the year..."

and with the cheery, albeit chilly, atmosphere of the holiday season in full swing, most of us tend to agree. The winter months are a special time to reflect, cuddle up with loved ones, enjoy hot coco, and watch a Hallmark movie or two. This holiday season, don't miss out on the perfect opportunity to add something extra to the list: engage your students and kids with STEM-related holiday activities for a fun, educational experience before the New Year. 

We attached fun lesson plans with these simple experiments below! Just be sure to click on the underlined links 🎅

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10 Things You Can Do to Maximize Your Culturally Relevant STEM Pedagogy

Dec 2, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Sara Siener posted in Social-Conscious STEM, STEM Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM, STEM Learning Methodologies

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How can a Culturally Relevant STEM Pedagogy be implemented in the classroom? Gloria Ladson-Billings introduces 3 ways—or rather, 3 target criteria teachers can pursue to improve their instruction: academic achievement, cultural competence, and sociopolitical consciousness. Former educator and now team leader, Bárbara Escudero, summarizes Ladson-Billings' "3 fundamental pillars" in an article published on Teach For America

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Implementing a Culturally Relevant Pedagogy—the Future of STEM Education

Nov 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Sara Siener posted in Social-Conscious STEM, Promoting Interest in STEM, STEM Learning Methodologies

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Culturally Relevant Education—the Future of STEM Education

Nov 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Sara Siener posted in Social-Conscious STEM, STEM Learning Methodologies

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Studies show that it is statistically impossible to say that future generations will be majoritively white ...

The Census Bureau makes a noteworthy finding of a new “minority white” generation by stating, “that, for the first time, minorities outnumber whites nationally for each age under 10” (2018).

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Virtual Students Help Teachers Learn To Navigate Difficult Conversations

Nov 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Kelsey Batt posted in Science, Math & Computer Science, Create and Maintain Your Makerspace, STEM Learning Methodologies, Technology, TechED

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As anxiety becomes more prevalent among young people, school's are being prompted to act. Texas educators have begun using an innovative computer program to help train their teachers. In Round Rock ISD, a school district near Austin, the teachers are learning how to approach sensitive conversations by using At-Risk, a digital role-playing program.

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