Do you want to enhance STEM instruction in your classroom? Have you been looking for an opportunity to learn new strategies for engaging students in math and science? In Spring 2018, PEBC is offering several exciting, interactive institutes in Denver, Colorado, where you can elevate your practice specifically related to STEM subjects.
Even if you have attended an institute before, you may be interested in sharing these opportunities with a colleague or attending the Cultivating STEM Identities institute, which is a new offering this year! For more information about each of the Spring Institutes below, please click through to read more and register–space is limited at each, so be sure to secure your spot soon!
How do we build learners’ confidence and competence in the STEM fields? In this institute, we will explore the critical role STEM identities play in the schooling experience and educational outcomes. Participants will learn how to cultivate productive STEM identities for themselves and among learners—by designing and facilitating student-driven problem solving experiences.
Ignite students’ passion for and understanding of science! Participants will learn how to develop learning experiences that integrate the Next Generation Science Standards’ Science and Engineering Practices, along with thinking strategies that increase student engagement and deepen understanding of scientific ideas.
Participants will learn how to address all eight of the common core standards for mathematical practice within workshop model instruction. Further, attendees will model how to facilitate classroom discussions that support all learners in developing the critical problem-solving skills.
“Learners can tackle more challenging problems collaboratively than they could independently; their comprehension is catalyzed by hearing the thinking of their peers. For this reason, discourse—engaged, accountable conversations about mathematical content—plays a key role in a math workshop. Discourse affords learners with opportunities to reason, argue, and critique the thinking of others.”
Read a recent blog post from Wendy Ward Hoffer—facilitator or co-facilitator at all of the Spring STEM Institutes—on the importance of understanding in teaching mathematics. Click here to read Wendy’s blog!