STEAM is about more than just adding engineering and technology to our science, math, and art curriculum. Curiosity about the world—answering questions and solving problems—is the essence of learning, and it is key to implementing STEAM in your school. Find out about the science of curiosity and learn strategies for using makerspaces to reignite the natural curiosity in your students.
Makerspaces are an exploding trend in education, but most of the conversation has been around injection of STEM content and activities through hands-on building. We believe that an important avenue for exploration is activating and fostering curiosity in our students. Makerspaces offer opportunities to give students learning experiences that tap into new interests and passions.
To create confident problem solvers, we must not kill student thinking. Learn to use the 5 Principles of Conjecture, Communication, Collaboration, Chaos, and Celebration to design a classroom environment that promotes innovation, and allows students to communicate thinking clearly. Small groups will reflect on how this translates into classroom practice. They will also experience specific strategies associated with the 5 Principles and create a plan for redesigning their own school cultures.
One of the biggest challenges for a classroom teacher is recognizing and meeting the different learning needs of his or her students. When there is a gifted learner in the mix, the problem is even more complex. We need to consider not just the outcome at the end of the trip, but also the experience along the journey. It’s time to demystify these terms and talk about what is truly best for gifted students in the 21st century.
Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics Summer Math Summit and Annual Conference, August 4–5, 2016
Students pursue problems they’re curious about, not problems they’re told to solve. Creating a math classroom filled with confident problem solvers starts by encouraging students to investigate provocative questions, not by prescribing a sequence of mechanical exercises. In this session, participants will debunk 4 pervasive myths about math learning. They will also explore and develop a thoughtful approach for instilling a culture of innovative thinking in the math classroom through five powerful, yet straightforward principles: Conjecture, Collaboration, Communication, Chaos, and Celebration. 5 Principles of the Modern Mathematics Classroom offers new ideas for inspiring math students by building a more engaging and collaborative learning environment.