Wednesday, March 22, 2017


While these might look like Discovery Education Spotlight on Strategies, “Naturalist Now” and “Ideation and Prototyping” are STEM focused.  Both have the step by step instructions you would find in an SOS.

STEM Strategies that Work – March 2017

Ideation and Prototyping

Inspired by: Haydee Taylor-Arnold, Ladue Schools, MO
According to the Framework for 21st Century Learning, we should “emphasize deep understanding rather than shallow knowledge” and “students learn best when actively engaged in solving meaningful problems.” This strategy addresses both of these tenets as it requires students to attempt to solve the same challenge more than once and evaluate their success with each iteration. Students have a chance to modify their thinking and adjust and restructure their ideas, similar to ideation in the real world.

“Naturalist Now”

Inspired by: Stacy Thompson, Caddo Parish Public Schools, LA
Many of the techniques we use for observation across content areas have been used by naturalists (scientists) for ages. This strategy requires students to practice making and recording observations as they build towards proficiency. Whether forming the base of a hypothesis, making inferences using fictional text, or interpreting historical events, the art of collecting and using observations to make predictions is a critical skill for all students.
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