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Washington State K-12 Teachers Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Practices and Content

on September 19, 2016 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Comments Off on Washington State K-12 Teachers Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Practices and Content

What a pleasure it was to visit the Washington State this summer, to conduct Science, Technology, Engineering, and image Washington State STEM teacher training by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowski Math (STEM) teacher training for Aberdeen School District. Sessions were divided into K-5 and 6-12. On day one teachers were introduced to the foundational principles of STEM, inquiry-based teaching practices, engineering design process, and developing lessons and a classroom environment that develop and strengthen 21st century skills. Day two of the training dove deeper into undertaking design challenges that incorporated the engineering design process.

Within the two days of training teachers were introduced to the following content by conducting hands-on-minds-on inquiry-based STEM investigations: Materials science, reverse engineering, field of prosthetics, patterns and shapes, architecture, connecting aviation principles and seed dispersal. The following photos provide a sample of the STEAM-based investigations. For more information about the STEM, NGSS, and Science teacher training workshops and interactive keynotes Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski conducts worldwide complete the contact page found on this website.

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American Institute of Monterrery, Mexico Teachers Explore Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

on September 17, 2016 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on American Institute of Monterrery, Mexico Teachers Explore Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

I love to share my passion and knowledge for science, and especially when it provides me with the opportunity to travel abroad. This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to conduct Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) teacher training to K-5 teachers at The American Institute of Monterrey (AIM)  in Mexico. The American Institute of Monterrey has 3 campuses, within the Monterrey, Mexico area. I conducted NGSS training at two of three campuses this summer. AIM is a progressive educational institution, from the short time I was there it was quite evident that they are continually striving to provide the best educational experiences, and opportunities for their students. Likewise, the administration values the importance of providing their teaching staff with quality, sustainable professional staff development.

I am in total support of the NGSS, and see the NGSS as a way to truly transform education in the United States, and in countries which have adopted the new science standards. The two days of training were divided into grade levels (k-2 day one, and 3-5 on day two). During both days I began the session with providing teachers with an overview of the six conceptual shifts of the NGSS. I modeled inquiry-based teaching practices, teachers were actively engaged in the two days of training conducting inquiry-based NGSS investigations, providing them with a clear vision of what a NGSS lesson looks like.

Some of the NGSS investigations the teachers had the opportunity to conduct included: journaling, engineering design challenges, Squishy Circuits, littleBits, exploring force, motion, and energy through designing and building ramps, materials science, patterns and shapes, using the schoolyard to introduce and reinforce NGSS practices and content.

By the end of the sessions, it was evident that the teachers had a clearer vision of what the NGSS entail, as well as the power of the Next Generation Science Standards to transform education. On a worldwide note, for teachers to fully implement NGSS effectively and with ease it will take time, and a great deal of on-going professional staff development that is coherent, and purposeful. The Next Generation Science Standards require a paradigm shift not only in teachers and administrators but also in students, as well as their parents.

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I’ve already received emails from the administration that teachers are incorporating teaching practices and NGSS based lessons within their classrooms. This is indeed music to my ears. I look forward to returning to the American Institute of Monterrey, Mexico in the near future to observe the transformations within the classrooms. The following photos were taken during the two days of training. For more information about the NGSS, STEM, and Science teacher training workshops and keynotes I conduct worldwide complete the contact form on this website.

 

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