Melynee Naegele, a math and special-education teacher at Will Rogers Junior High School in Oklahoma, uses the film "Hidden Figures" to talk to students about perseverance and a growth mindset in math. Naegele points out similarities between the characters' work on math problems and her students' math assignments, and students get to work on a group project similar to one from the movie.
Many educators across the country are working to integrate the subject of climate change into the curriculum, as shared in this article. The Next Generation Science Standards, introduced in 2013, includes recommendations for teaching about climate change but because adoption is voluntary -- and there's no national framework -- instructional approaches vary among districts and states.
The Senate in South Dakota has unanimously voted to pass a bill to allow the creation of Oceti Sakowin community schools. The proposal, which must still be considered by the state's House members, seeks to provide students with schools that support an appropriate and relevant education, including Native American language and culture.
Emily Higgins, director of the gifted and talented program at Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor Community School District in Maine, says she likes to have her students go beyond basic math and work on projects that integrate other skills and subjects. Higgins' sixth-grade student is using geography, coding, proportions and 3D printing to make a statistical model of forestation for all US states.
The theater is full of magic -- and for teachers, a potential STEAM lesson in action, according to former educator Anne Jolly. In this blog post, she shares lesson plans that marry arts and STEM, including asking students to act out scientific ideas through music and dance.
A Maryland school district's North Star program helps high-school students work toward their college and career goals. The program includes the Teacher Academy of Maryland, which helps students pursue careers as educators while they are still enrolled in high school.
Tamar LaSure-Owens, who teaches first grade at a school in New Jersey, has created a lesson plan that incorporates black history into social studies and other subjects according to the state's Amistad law, which mandates that black history be incorporated into K-12 level lessons. The teacher, whose lesson plan is used by three other first-grade teachers at the school, recently taught students about the animals of Africa, including elephants and giraffes.
Students from 19 schools recently participated in a financial literacy program hosted by Junior Achievement of Northern California. After 13 in-class lessons on topics such as budgeting and investing, students went to the local fairgrounds where they visited stations to explore how to meet the financial needs of an avatar with a backstory.
Students at Freeman Elementary School in Flint, Mich., put on a "museum" in honor of Black History Month by dressing up as the figure of their choice and delivering a speech about the person's accomplishments. Among the notable persons featured were NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose story was featured in the film "Hidden Figures" and who passed away this week at age 101, and basketball player Kobe Bryant, recently killed in a helicopter crash.
A $50,000 STEM grant will be used by an Indiana school district to incorporate STEM into the traditional curriculum to prepare students for college and careers. The district's efforts will include other grants as well as partnerships such as one with Indiana State University's cybersecurity program and another with Project Lead the Way to support K-12 teacher training.