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Using Agriculture to Teach STEAM

By Julia Recko July 26, 2018

How often do you or your students think about agriculture? Where your food comes from? How it grows? Who grows it? What decisions go into how it is grown? Maybe you think about it a lot. But maybe your answer is closer to never. Well, if you are a STEAM educator you are missing out… Read More

Create a Makerspace for Your School in 5 Easy Steps

By The Room 241 Team July 14, 2018

If you’re ready to foster your students’ curiosity by creating a makerspace on a budget, we’ve got you covered! Learning should remain authentically connected to the real world, and the Maker Movement exemplifies that while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Progressive New York City educator Angelo Patri said, “The substitution of direct experiences for… Read More

Earning an MEd as a mother of five and a military spouse is no small feat, but Support Teacher Tamar Shorr made it happen. Read on to find out what motivated her to pursue the MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics and how her Concordia experience lifted her personally and professionally. What inspired you to… Read More

5 Distinctive Reasons to Choose Concordia’s STEAM Concentration

By Sarah Elliott, EdD January 17, 2018

When you whip up a concoction of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, the results can be utterly powerful. Through STEAM projects, students learn creativity, innovation, practical knowledge, and blue-sky thinking. They seek answers, solve problems, and gain a collection of skills coveted by 21st-century employers. Without question, STEAM is where it’s at. And a… Read More

The Benefits of Teaching STEAM Lessons

By The Room 241 Team July 21, 2017

There’s been a big push for incorporating lessons and activities that use STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. But how exactly do these multilayered projects help students? Here are some of the specific ways in which students can benefit from STEAM in the classroom. Exposes students to the creative process When students engage in… Read More

Students often believe success in math classes requires them to be a “math person.” This thought is as common as a teacher’s struggle to prove that math can be fun. Fostering students’ joy in numbers is one way to help students excel, but helping them learn to learn can set them up for long-term success…. Read More

Summer allows parents a bit more time to engage with their kids and participate in experiments that they can check on every day together. Completing science experiments throughout the summer will help students to keep engaged in academic inquiry and learn more about science during their months off. The experiments outlined below can be done… Read More

Most parents encourage their children to read during the summer and point to examples of language and word usage all around them. But that’s not how they usually approach math, says Kathy Zolla, a Colorado middle school math teacher. Zolla notes that students often like the idea of having a math-free summer, which often results… Read More

President Barack Obama’s Educate to Innovate program prioritizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With a sharp focus on 21st-century skill sets, the program aims to expand STEM access to all students. Though many business leaders agree that workplace diversity is crucial to innovation, recent data shows that  STEM industries have a long way to… Read More

Students often view summer as a time to relax, have fun and forget everything they learned the previous school year. This, of course, is bound to happen to some degree. A break in education often results in students forgetting some information, requiring a few weeks of review for teachers during the beginning of the next… Read More

STEM teachers face an interesting challenge. They want their students to learn problem-solving and critical thinking skills, yet the world they’re preparing their students for doesn’t exist. We asked one of our MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: STEAM faculty members to discuss the challenges teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and possible solutions to… Read More

Math can be a daunting subject for some students, but having the right teacher can make a world of difference. The best teachers draw connections to real-world applications, making the subject approachable and engaging. We asked two of our MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics faculty to talk about methods for teaching math to a… Read More

Early childhood education teachers face critical challenges when educating children from low-income families. In order to close the achievement gap between poor and wealthy preschool and elementary students, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) recommends specialized professional development for teachers who work in high-needs schools. National Center for Children in Poverty: Teachers must… Read More

How to Turn Bad Movie Science Into Good Teaching

By Monica Fuglei June 3, 2015

In 2013, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson entertained and enraged movie fans with his “Mysteries of #Gravity” posts on Twitter. Tyson said he enjoyed the movie “very much” but listed several scientific errors that perplexed and entertained him, including the properties of orbiting satellites. How Neil deGrasse Tyson’s movie fact-checking can serve science teachers His Tweets… Read More

In my last piece, I discussed why content curation was an essential skill and discussed ways teachers could use Pinterest to curate content for students. Modeling this skill for students is important, but giving them the knowledge to do it themselves is crucial. The ability to sort through many sources for high-quality information was always… Read More