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Building Meaningful Learning Experiences

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Britnie Powell

on 15 July 2015

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Transcript of Building Meaningful Learning Experiences

STEM Education
Go to the following link: http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/06/17/ctq_jolly_stem.html
Improving Science Education
Click this link: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/09/02/science/science-education-voices.html?_r=2&
Best Practices in STEM Projects
*Case Studies *Projects *Thought Problems *Short Problems *Labs *Simulations *Virtual Labs *Engineering (Applied Math)
Engineering Design Loop
Identify a problem or opportunity
STEM Resources

The 5 E's Model
STEM Best Practices Cont.
#4) Collecting and analyzing data
#5) Involve technology (Create technology, use technology, present w/technology. All technology isn't electric. If kids are building a tool to do something, that is technology!)
*Some technology for presentations: Key Note, Prezi, Glogster (virtual poster site), Haikudeck, Screenchomp.
#6) Looks at practical and theoretical applications.
****Not every project will include EVERY Best Practice!
Building Meaningful Learning Experiences
Read the information carefully and click into the hyperlinks. This page is overflowing with great information. One link that was dead was the Engineering Design Process. Here's a link that has good background info on it: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/engineering-design-process/engineering-design-process-steps.shtml
Keep in mind that there are many Engineering Design Processes (Here's a link just to the numerous images that appear when EDP is googled: https://www.google.com/search?q=engineering+design+process&safe=strict&espv=2&biw=1169&bih=651&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMImr-I2drYxgIVlyiICh3WEA3L&dpr=1 ), just as there are many ways to carry out the Scientific Process. The important thing is to find ones that work for you, your community, and your learners.
Read through the ideas- you may agree or disagree with many and that's okay. Some are focused on college level, though the ideas transcend grade level. They offer interesting perspectives and delve into the realms of the ideal.
#1) Open-Ended~ Students are making decisions about what they are going to do.
#2) Application Based Setting~ Needs to apply to the real world.
#3) Incorporates the Engineering Design Loop (but you probably won't do all pieces everytime)
Define the project constraints
Research and Brainstorm
Develop and Prototype
Testing, Analysis, Optimization
Evaluation and Presentation
(this is often overlooked but
super important)
Whole Class Discussions That Honor Students and are Productive
*Complete a high cognitive demand task
*Produce artifacts
*Share and discuss their thinking using the artifacts
*Engage in productive talk

To get more information and specific ways to carry out productive talk, here are two possible resources:

Whole Class Discussions That Honor Students and are Productive
Good Science Teaching
student in active learning
intellectually ambitious tasks
a variety of teaching strategies and resources
student learning continuously and adapt
teaching to student needs
Create effective
and supports
standards, constant feedback, and
opportunities for revising work
Develop and effectively
a classroom
community in which all students belong and learn from each other

Good Science Teaching
After watching the video, visit the following link: http://blog.mrmeyer.com/2011/the-three-acts-of-a-mathematical-story/
Be sure to actually click into hyper links. There are some great videos on how to do this!
Think About the Tasks in Your Math
Think About the Tasks in Your Math
What's powerful is that when we teach mathematics within the context of science, we are using many of the research based methodologies and best practices of mathematics instruction. We are giving students an authentic purpose for using math and we can use teachable moments to expand their mathematical understanding and abilities.
Read this article:
Go to this link: http://www.classroomscience.org/elementary-science-what-is-it-part-i

Scroll down down to the section called What makes a good elementary science classroom?
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