STEM Teacher TrainingBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on May 2, 2012 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops
Just back from conducting two-days of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teacher training for Rocky Mount School District in North Carolina. What a great group of teachers and administrators. We started off the training clarifying what STEM is, and the importance of implementing STEM investigations that will help to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in our students. Throughout the two-day training teachers used reflective journaling to record their notes, light-bulb moments, drawings, data etc.. Teachers were introduced to wide-array of STEM concepts and practices via hands-on inquiry-based investigations from exploring biomimicry, experimenting with super-absorbing polymers, building lunar modules, bridges, making self-contained eco-systems, and more…I’m looking forward to visiting the school district on two more occasions to continue the STEM training. I believe strongly in providing in-depth, quality training year-round versus “the shot in the arm” training that often occurs without any follow-up training and consultation. Once again it was my pleasure to work with a great group of teachers and administrators representing two schools.