Math Teacher Writer Highlight: Taylor Wheeler

Posted by Richard Kingham on June 30, 2020

A year after Taylor Wheeler resigned from her teaching job to focus on raising her children, a former mentor called to discuss a new opportunity. She was writing STEM curricula for a company called STEMscopes, and thought she would be a great candidate for the same position. It was a no brainer for Wheelershe could continue to stay home with her children, while influencing the way STEM is taught in the classroom.

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Topics: math, teacher writers

What We Believe: The Pedagogical Philosophies that STEMscopes Math was Built On | Part 2

Posted by Richard Kingham on June 29, 2020

We’ve all heard the expression “practice makes perfect.” Rote math drills, however, have proven to be an ineffective method of practicing math. One-size-fits-all approaches to teaching and practicing math just don’t work. So, we created a math curriculum that can be adapted to any learning style, in any classroom. 

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Topics: math, equity, Academic Language, Computation Fluency, Parent/Student Content Support

What We Believe: The Pedagogical Philosophies that STEMscopes Math was Built On | Part 1

Posted by Richard Kingham on June 29, 2020

When the STEMscopes math team came together to design our curriculum, we set out to solve a problem that has always haunted math teachers: knowledge transfer. Every teacher has seen students ace a worksheet and then freeze when they see a non-routine problem or a routine problem in a new context. The sad truth is that many students enter adulthood incapable of applying their math skills in daily life. It’s these students we hoped to reach with our curriculum elements.

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Topics: math, real world connection, Conceptual Understanding, number sense, CRA approach

Science Teacher Writer Highlight: Lindsay Van Wyk

Posted by Lindsey Sönmez on June 12, 2020

Overnight, COVID-19 created a demand for flexible lessons that can be taught virtually. Teachers everywhere are now being asked to develop new curricula for an unpredictable future. That's where STEMscopes science writers like Lindsay enter the picture. 

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Topics: science, teacher writers

Preventing the Summer Slide

Posted by Richard Kingham on June 12, 2020

Teachers and parents alike want to prevent summer slide, which may be exacerbated this year by school closures. As a teacher, you want to give parents the tools they need to fill learning gaps. So do we. So we’ve created a short tip sheet to help you help parents this summer. 

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