Steve Baker writes for STEMscopes Math on the go. After teaching elementary math and science for years, Baker and his wife packed up his RV and hit the road with their two sons. In between homeschooling their children and traversing the country, Baker can be found pouring his knowledge into our curriculum.
The learning needs of one student are often not those of their classmates. To meet each student where they are, teachers need an eclectic set of instructional tools and strategies to draw from. As former teachers themselves, the architects of STEMscopes Math understood this and so created the kind of curriculum they wanted in the classroom. Using Roger Bybee’s 5E model as the framework for STEMscopes Math, they augmented our curriculum with Accelerate and Intervention, components that equip teachers to meet a diverse range of learning styles. We’ll review these components below.
When it comes to math education, we all want the same thing: students who are confident critical thinkers and problem solvers. Unfortunately, the classroom is often dominated by teaching models that overemphasize hitting benchmarks and proceeding to the next topic, leaving us with students who misunderstand math and feel intimidated by it. These models treat students like machines, and grades serve as markers reflecting how well the machines are operating.