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Integrating STEM Concepts into the Classroom - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides STEM classroom integration resources for teachers. The chapter evaluates strategies for integrated curricula, project-based learning, interactive learning and learning-centered teaching. You'll also find resources and tools to engage your students, improve their critical thinking skills, foster their creativity and modify your classroom learning environment.
These resources are available on any computer or mobile device, which enables you to access them at home, in the classroom or wherever you happen to be. Self-assessment quizzes accompany each lesson to help you evaluate your readiness to integrate these STEM concepts into your classroom.
How It Helps
- Builds awareness: You'll become aware of the benefits of integrated curricula, as well as other useful teaching methods.
- Enhances student skills: The included teaching strategies are designed to strengthen your students' creativity, critical thinking and technology skills.
- Provides class activities and questions : You'll be able to engage your students with project-based learning activities and reflection questions.
Upon completion of the chapter, you'll be equipped to:
- Recognize the benefits of an integrated curriculum
- Design project-based learning activities
- Use interactive learning tools
- Empower your students with useful technologies
- Help students develop creativity and engage them in learning
- Improve your students' critical thinking skills
- Assign thought-provoking reflection questions
- Apply effective learner-centered teaching strategies
- Create a learner-centered classroom environment
1. Integrated Curriculum: Definition, Benefits & Examples
Have you ever wondered what and how an integrated curriculum works? Learn about this hot topic that is shaping how teachers teach and students learn in the classroom.
2. Project Based Learning: Definition and Ideas
Project Based Learning is a student-centered teaching method that allows students to investigate real-world problems. This lesson will explain the components and give ideas for project-based learning.
3. Project-Based Learning Activities: Types & Examples
Project-based learning is a great way to engage students in authentic application of knowledge and skills. This lesson gives you some ideas for different kinds of project-based learning activities you can incorporate into the classroom.
4. What is Interactive Learning? - Overview & Tools
Interactive learning is a hands-on approach to help students become more engaged and retain more material. With or without a form of technology, interactive learning helps students strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills.
5. Empowering Students with Technology
As technology becomes more prevalent in the classroom, teachers have new ways to empower student learning. This lesson will explain how technology can be used to empower students.
6. Teaching Creativity in the Classroom
Creativity is such an important part of any learning experience. This lesson will help you feel comfortable with your own creativity and will give you some ideas for incorporating opportunities for creative growth into your classroom.
7. Engaging Students in Learning
Students learn better and are happier when they are engaged with their learning. Teachers, too, enjoy their work more when students are engaged. This lesson offers you some ideas about how best to engage students in the learning process.
8. How to Improve Critical Thinking Skills
Thinking critically doesn't mean you're thinking harder or longer. It doesn't even mean you're necessarily critical. What are critical thinking skills, then, and how can we help improve them? This lesson takes a hard look at critical thinking.
9. Reflection Questions for Students
This lesson provides a basic overview of the reflection process and includes questions that will prompt students to begin the reflection process. In addition, tips are given to help teachers assist students to begin thinking reflectively.
10. Learner-Centered Teaching: Strategies & Methods
In contemporary educational circles, we hear a lot about learner-centered learning and teaching. This lesson will introduce you to this concept in depth and give you some ideas about strategies and methods that promote learner-centered teaching.
11. Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom & Environment
Education is moving toward a more learner-centered model, where student needs and interests are used to develop lessons and activities. This lesson explores how a learner-centered model is applied to the classroom.
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