NWO STEM Inquiry Series 2013-14
The 2013 - 14 NWO STEM Education Inquiry Series will focus on incorporating digital tools and technology into the preK-16 STEM classroom. Sessions topics may include:
Time and Location:
5:00 - 8:00 PM @ WGTE (1270 S. Detroit Ave., Toledo, OH 43614)
2012-2013 STEM speaks!
March 12, 2013 ~ Dr. Dan Brahier, BGSU Faculty and author of Panning for Gold: 15 Investigations to Enrich Middle School Mathematics
Rethinking Mathematics as a Verb
The release of the Common Core State Standards has once again challenged educators to rethink their vision of the teaching of mathematics. While much of the population views math as “something you know,” we are being asked to revision the subject as “something you do.” Through the use of rich, applied problems that involve the use of visuals and technology, students should be involved in inquiry – discovering and conjecturing. Are skills still necessary in today’s world? Yes, but the emphasis in the classroom should be on conceptual development of the skills, as opposed to mindlessly practicing procedures. In our session, we will explore the types of problems and activities that promote mathematical thinking and provide a context for making connections to other areas of math while developing the skills necessary for success. Let’s spend some time together doing math and reflecting on how the Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Common Core can come to life in every classroom.
Click here to download resources from Dr. Dan Brahier's March 12 presentation.
Missed the presentation on March 12?
February 12, 2013 ~ Karl Klimek
Generative STEM Teaching Through a Brain/Mind Lens!
The STEM education "wave" is building but far from cresting in this country and it represents incredible opportunity to tap the natural learning characteristics of those great kids we serve every day! Bringing generative practices to our schools and classrooms involves environments rich with creativity, innovation and a deep exploration of how we all really learn. Our interactive and fun time together will target core elements of great learning spaces, classroom culture and authentic research that supports teaching as a non-worksheet/textbook driven endeavor. You will have a chance to validate the excellent teaching practices you already utilize, and also visit new ideas that will justify the need to further develop your capacities as an incredible teacher. Our collective discoveries will support your STEM efforts, and also all others that we professionally commit to each and every day! Let's get intrigued!
Missed the presentation on February 12?
Click here to take the February 12 STEM Speaks! Evaluation
January 8, 2013 ~ Susan Everett, co-author of Everyday Engineering
Everyday Engineering: Integrating the STEM Disciplines
Since the inclusion of engineering in K-12 curricula is relatively new, many teachers have not opportunities to incorporate the new engineering practices or core ideas with science teaching that will be included in the Next Generation Science Standards. In this interactive session, participants will engage in hands-on activities to learn about integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics in sample learning cycle lessons from the teacher resource book, Everyday Engineering: Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning.
Missed the presentation on January 8?
November 27, 2012 ~ Karen Ansberry & Emily Morgan, authors of Picture-Perfect Science Lessons and More Picture-Perfect Science Lessons
Picture-Perfect Science: Using Children’s Books to Guide Inquiry K-6
STEM Education begins in the elementary school, but it is often difficult for elementary teachers to fit science into the school day. Authors and classroom veterans Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan know elementary teachers are short on time, so they’ve integrated science and reading in their bestselling series, Picture-Perfect Science Lessons. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn strategies for linking science and reading through the use of high-quality, science-related picture books and participate in classroom-ready model lessons.
Missed the presentation on November 27?
October 2, 2012 ~ Page Keeley, author of the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series
Missed the Page Keeley presentation on October 2?
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There is a per session registration fee of $20 for educators and administrators and $15 for undergraduate students.
Note: School funds may be used to pay for sessions. Check with your administrator.
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This event is supported by Battelle/OSLN