Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or STEM, is the Discovery Education instructional focus for the month of March.
The STEM movement has grown from the awareness that K–12 students must be prepared to do more than the traditional reading, writing, and arithmetic to be successful in a world driven by constantly-changing technologies.
STEM thinking requires students to develop skills that help them to think critically, communicate, creatively solve problems, and communicate with others. Many of the teaching ideas found in the Discovery Education Spotlight On Strategies series help students develop these types of skills—here are ten of our favorites!
We hope you’ll try one or more strategy and share your experience with us in the DEN Online Community.
Multiple Perspectives (CDN Version): Multiple Perspectives is a teaching strategy that requires students to engage deeply with an image or video as they assume a perspective other than their own. Students create a narrative from inside a piece of media, from the perspective of an object or person within.
Fold Draw Learn (CDN Version): Students take turns writing vocabulary words related to the topic, drawing images that fit the words, and guessing what word each image represents. They continue down the page interpreting each other’s work.
Partner Time (CDN Version): By creating effective partner and collaboration groups, students are exposed to a variety of ideas and connections with their classmates. Students create a clock to use in future activities to determine partners equitably.