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Many people are aware that STEM refers to a push within the education community to place more emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in curriculum , even for younger students. This was driven by the idea that our students were falling behind in those fields, making the U.S. less competitive with other industrial countries.  According to  Edutopia , an influential blog for K-12 educators, the idea of STEAM came from the realization that STEM is not enough and likely was not spurring enough creative thought in order to help our students compete in a world-wide village of other potential employees and workers. In fact, when the Great ...
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Based on a need for children to tap into their creative and imaginative skills to get innovation flowing, the “A” (Art) has made its way into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) acronym, and is now being explored in STEM education and cultural conversation. Historically, art played a big role in the work of scientists like Leonardo da Vinci. In our innovation-driven world, there is a need to develop more innovative thinkers like da Vinci. To do that, we can put the A back into STEM and develop STEAM studies. Research shows the importance of doing that.  A study by arts/science expert Robert Root-Bernstein, Ph.D. showed that science Nobel ...
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When I first begin to craft a lesson, the first thing that I think about is the WHY. The why is my purpose for the lesson and it is the foundation for how I create my lesson plans. In this writing lesson, the kids are focusing on being able to brainstorm a story for a personal narrative. The kids had the opportunity to talk about their stories with their partners and then start crafting their stories and illustrating them through the use of a flip book.  I wanted my students to think of a film real where we see bits and pieces of a story. Giving them the opportunity to draw and use multiple forms of media can get them thinking more creatively and ...
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