Curriculum, elementary, Engineering, Environment, K-12 Education, secondary, STEM

Earth Day 2019

Each year on April 22, we celebrate Earth Day!  Beautiful pictures from around the world get posted on social media with wonderful statements about the the importance of protecting our Earth!  We highlight the great work of many around the globe who commit to protecting, conserving and developing solutions to our environmental challenges. Our planet… Continue reading Earth Day 2019

Curriculum, elementary, Engineering, K-12 Education, STEM

STEM Education in the Elementary Grades… by Guest Blogger – Moses Velasco

Note about the author: Moses Velasco is an experienced Ontario educator and leader. He has been a classroom teacher and a district level consultant. He is currently an Education Officer.  @tagapagtur00  **The opinions and ideas articulated in this blog post do not necessarily reflect the policies, views, or directions of the Ontario Ministry of Education.… Continue reading STEM Education in the Elementary Grades… by Guest Blogger – Moses Velasco

Curriculum, Engineering, K-12 Education, STEM

STEM learning is not crafting…

*Note:  My thoughts today... may change tomorrow... STEM learning is on the rise!  I'm excited to see and hear about the great work of so many educators and students as they experiment with learning opportunities in STEM!  When I hear about the amazing learning that is happening in schools and classrooms... a large part of… Continue reading STEM learning is not crafting…

Curriculum, Engineering, K-12 Education, Sharing Learning, STEM, Uncategorized

Reverse Engineering for STEM Education

*Note:  My thoughts today... May change tomorrow... Let me know what you think... I'm inspired by the notion of reverse engineering...  If we imagine a future that engages all students in STEM learning which ultimately results in students making informed decisions about their own future... I imagine a STEM workforce that is diverse! If this… Continue reading Reverse Engineering for STEM Education

Professional Networks, Sharing Learning, STEM

Challenges with STEM Planning in Education

*My thinking today... may change tomorrow... what do you think? Planning for STEM programs in K-12 Education is not as simple as it might seem.  K-12 Education systems are complex... with many subsystems... each with their own complexities.  In order to create sustainable change in complex systems, it requires shifts at variety of leverage points… Continue reading Challenges with STEM Planning in Education

Professional Networks, Sharing Learning, STEM

Creating a STEM Learning Experience

When designing a STEM learning experience, I think it is important to think about the following key questions to help shape the design of the program.  My thinking for now... may change tomorrow... Enjoy! How will I ensure that the STEM learning experience I create are designed for all students and will provide opportunity for… Continue reading Creating a STEM Learning Experience

Professional Networks, Sharing Learning, STEM

The “STEM Teaching” Learning Journey…

When I entered into the teaching profession, I focused on the things that I thought teaching was about - preparing lessons and evaluations based on educational policy.  I was excited to share my knowledge, skills and passion for physics/math/science and wanted to do it "right"!  But "preparing" to teach is more than just the policies… Continue reading The “STEM Teaching” Learning Journey…

Uncategorized

STEM…??

Note:  All posts are my own personal views and do not represent the organizations I work for. The definition of STEM can be found everywhere on the World Wide Web...  The acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  I don't want to dwell on the definition here... we have Wikipedia and Google for that... … Continue reading STEM…??

Sharing Learning

This is Where I Start…

I have always struggled with writing my ideas on paper.  I enjoy experimenting... grappling with thought experiments... observing the world around me... creating flowcharts to describe sequential planning and organizing information in elaborate spreadsheets... Creating opportunities to take mitigated risks in exploring how we might improve the learning experience for students... and ULTIMATELY... to execute… Continue reading This is Where I Start…