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Spaces Teachers Create

on Tuesday, 08 January 2019 Posted in Center for STEM Education Blog, Teacher Perspective

By: Chris Judson, English Content Director, AP-TIP IN, University of Notre Dame

Chris Judson - Spaces Teachers Create - STEM Blog

My third-grade year began in a portable classroom and ended with me almost getting my eye shot out with a bb gun by my older brother. It was a traumatic year, but I'll save the bb gun incident for another time.

Extending STEM Beyond the Classroom Walls

on Tuesday, 04 December 2018 Posted in Center for STEM Education Blog, Teacher Perspective

By: Karl Ochsner, Trustey Fellows Cohort 2 - St. John XXIII Catholic School in Scottsdale, AZ

Karl Ochsner - Extending STEM Beyond the Classroom Walls

In 2008, I was asked to move up to teach seventh- and eighth-grade science. With this change, I inherited our school’s annual middle school science fair. Students created individual projects using the scientific method and were judged by parent volunteers. Unsurprisingly, students created many projects based on the Coke and Pepsi taste test, Mentos and Dr. Pepper geyser experiments, and volcanoes that shoot out red food dye. These projects hinted at the fundamental principles of science, but they lacked civic engagement, engineering design, and the essential 21st-century learning skills that businesses have been asking our education systems to incorporate into their curriculums.

How to Survive Your First STEM Lesson

on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 Posted in Center for STEM Education Blog, Classroom Ideas, Teacher Perspective

By: Jenn Taylor, Trustey Fellows Cohort 2 - Clara Barton School in Cherry Hill, NJ

How to Survive Your First STEM Lesson

I have always considered myself a lifelong learner, curious about the ever changing world around me. Always looking for ways to improve my teaching, three years ago I applied and became a Trustey Family STEM Teaching Fellow. I arrived on campus ready to work hard and learn. After participating in my first “Integrated STEM Experience,” I left Notre Dame’s campus motivated to bring STEM to my students the way the Trustey faculty brought it to life for all of us. I felt empowered in a way I had never felt before. I was a rock star ready to take on the world!

Bringing PD to the Front of the Mind, Not the Bottom of the Pile

on Monday, 08 October 2018 Posted in Center for STEM Education Blog, Teacher Perspective

By: Mark Westlake, Trustey Fellows Cohort 4 - Saint Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, MN

Mark Westlake Trustey STEM Fellows Blog

I’m no stranger to professional development. Throughout 28 years of teaching physics, I have participated in many professional development workshops that provided ideas I could use with students or things I could buy for my classroom, but none of these actually changed the way that I teach. When you get near the three-decade mark as an educator, you pretty much think you have it figured out. When our small band of science and math teachers applied to the Notre Dame Trustey STEM Fellowship, I anticipated picking up some new ideas, but I never thought it would completely change my focus and approach to educating our students. I was wrong.

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