I had the pleasure of introducing the entire faculty and staff of St. Michael’s School in Dominican Republic to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) practices and content January, 2016. With an audience of 80 teachers, I designed STEM investigations that would span all the disciplines, as well as be relevant to teachers who are in special departments such as Spanish, Character Education, and so forth. In an introductory STEM teacher training my goal is to introduce teachers to the foundational philosophy of STEM education, as well as STEM content. Having the teachers become familiar with the Engineering Design Process through actual hands-on-minds-on experiences is essential. Teachers were introduced to inquiry, reflective journaling, and the 4Cs of STEM education: creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving, communication and collaboration. I look forward to returning to St. Michael’s in August, 2016 to conduct follow-up STEM teacher training with the entire staff over a two-day period. I’ll be interested to hear how the second-half of the school year went with a greater awareness of STEM practices and content being implemented throughout the entire school. The following photos were taken during the STEM training workshop.
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Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on January 24, 2016 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on STEM Teacher Training in Dominican Republic