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Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts

on February 7, 2011 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education Comments Off on Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts

It’s a known fact based on statistical data that U.S. students fall behind their international peers in science and mathematics skills. There are many reasons for the lackluster performance on standardized tests, as well as the lack of in-depth knowledge of basic science and mathematical concepts among U.S. students. I suspect that one of the primary reasons U.S. students continually fall behind other countries in science and math is that many U.S. students have not been given learning experiences that help them to develop and strengthen critical thinking skills. I have developed a teacher training workshop entitled “Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts.” During this teacher training workshop teachers conduct numerous hands-on-minds-on inquiry-based explorations to investigate STEM concepts. The explorations teachers conduct require them to use critical thinking skills, in addition teachers are asked to develop higher-order thinking questions for each exploration undertaken. The following photos are from a recent Critical Thinking workshop I conducted with elementary teachers. Once again, another great group of teachers, and successful workshop that will have positive long-term benefits for the teachers and their students. I consider a teacher training workshop professional staff development experience a successful one when teachers have expanded upon their own content knowledge, and gained confidence in their ability to teach STEM concepts effectively.

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photo image Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts Teacher Training Workshop

photo image Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts Teacher Training Workshop

photo image Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts Teacher Training Workshop

photo image Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts Teacher Training Workshop

photo image Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts Teacher Training Workshop

photo image Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts Teacher Training Workshop

photo image Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts Teacher Training Workshop

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Elementary Teachers Explore Life Science Concepts During Inquiry-Based Teacher Training Workshop

on April 18, 2010 in Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on Elementary Teachers Explore Life Science Concepts During Inquiry-Based Teacher Training Workshop
Fourth and fifth grade elementary teachers conducted numerous inquiry-based hands-on science investigations during a full-day teacher training workshop to explore life and environmental science concepts. Teachers expanded upon their existing life science content knowledge, designed and constructed several models to teach life science concepts. Teachers conducted the following investigations during the full-day teacher training workshop conducted by Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski:
  • Took a hike around the schoolyard to learn how to incorporate schoolyard ecology into the science curriculum.
  • Observed the complete life cycle of the lady bug on Hibiscus plants growing on schoolyard property.
  • Studied characteristics of plants and animals with emphasis placed on structure and function.
  • Designed and constructed a model of a plant or animal cell using simple household materials.
  • Observed plant and animal cells¬†with a microscope.
  • Observed pond water organisms with a microscope.
  • Observed the life cycle of brine shrimp.
  • Made a classroom terrarium that was brought back to their own classroom to teach about interdependence, ecology, population, energy transformation, plant and animal kingdom, producers, consumers, and decomposers.

The following photos were taken during the full-day teacher training workshop.

Teacher observes pond organisms under the microscope.

Teacher observes pond organisms under the microscope.Teacher builds model of plant cell using simple household materials.Teachers used interactive student notebooks during workshop.

Ladybug on Hibiscus flower-schoolyard ecology.

Teacher observes ladybug on Hibiscus flower.

Teacher builds terrarium to teach life science concepts.

Teacher building terrarium to teach life science concepts.

Teacher building terrarium during teacher training workshop.

Teachers built terrariums to teach life science concepts.

Teacher build model of plant cell using simple household materials during teacher training workshop.

Teacher builds model of plant cell using simple household materials.

Teacher uses a microscope to study a fish scale.

Teacher uses a microscope to study a fish scale.

Teachers used interactive student notebooks during workshop.

Teachers used interactive student notebooks during workshop.

Completed classroom terrarium.

Completed classroom terrarium.Cell mitochondria made with gelatin capsule and wrap tie during teacher training workshop.

 

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