Strategies and Activities for Grades 4-8
I’m truly glad you’re here! I’m passionate about STEM and about education, but I’ve found that passion alone isn’t enough. Teaching STEM takes knowledge, energy, and persistence. This site and my new book can help all students be successful STEM learners!
If your STEM projects need an occasional boost, give your students a chance to take their final prototypes beyond a conceptual level. Imagine your students thinking: Can our design really be produced and used – even if we can make only a few? Anne walks you through the process.
STEM kids need to ratchet up their know-how about the real-world problem of plastics pollution and work together on sensible solutions. As they tackle this impending global crisis, they’ll grow problem-solving competencies for a lifetime, writes STEM educator Anne Jolly.
National STEM curriculum leader Dr. Susan Pruet offers her list of 13 traits or skills associated with effective STEM teachers. Anne Jolly writes: “She remarked that this STEM job description has been pretty well defined by research and experience over the past decade.”
Anne shares a great animated video from the National Academy of Sciences that gives a concise overview of “integrated STEM” and what it might look like in your classroom. After you watch, check all the resources she’s prepared to help teachers facilitate STEM learning.
Let’s put a stop to summer learning loss! Summer is a great time for informal learning and, given the right opportunities, kids can continue thinking, experiencing, and learning. Take a look at these ideas for STEM applications and see if any work for your kids.
Summer is almost here and it’s time for kids to officially forget everything they learned during the school year. Right? Well, maybe not right, writes STEM expert Anne Jolly, if schools, communities, and families keep the learning going. She has eight ideas!
A STEM launcher is a mini-lesson that reminds students to adopt an engineer’s mindset as they tackle and solve problems using the engineering design process. It’s helpful anytime you need to channel middle school energy in a productive way. Here’s one ready-made!
STEM teacher leaders need facilitation skills to work successfully with teacher teams and individual teachers, parents, and others. Anne Jolly, a veteran teacher leadership consultant, shares tips for building relationships with STEM colleagues. Download the PDF!
Education Week Teacher recently invited me to write about How to Design a Successful STEM Lesson. I think this is my best effort so far to condense STEM lesson design into 1000 words or less!
Several possible lesson design flaws may be sabotaging your students’ learning. Read my article “How to Debug a STEM Lesson Plan” at MiddleWeb. Then use this tool to see if your lesson passes the bug check. Be sure to give evidence to support your answers.