As educators, we are aware that our current students will be redefining knowledge and possibilities in the future, in ways we cannot even imagine! It is our job to create and foster a learning environment where student failures and intellectual risk taking are anticipated and welcomed as vehicles to growth and innovation.
As a first-time teacher, how do you start aligning a lesson plan and classroom setup with cooperative learning strategies? Working with others is an important skill children can develop at an early age in the classroom and interactive group learning is a beneficial way to help students become more engaged in classroom instruction.
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If you are a teacher in the 21st Century, then you know that the education landscape has changed quite significantly in the last two decades. The differences between traditional science education as we once knew it and STEM education has been the subject of much debate, but one thing that we cannot deny is that the buzz around STEM continues to be a leading topic in education circles and politics.
What is the difference between science education and STEM education, though, and what do first-year teachers need to know coming into a science classroom?
ELL students, also known as "English-language-learners," are students that are learning English as their second language and make up eleven percent of the PreK-16 population. To illustrate the impact, this means that 3.8 million students in today's classrooms speak Spanish as a first language, and that figure only makes up one portion of the overall number of students who are ELLs.
Figuring out the mechanics behind the bottle-rocket, testing the solutions that made a volcano erupt, and exploring entomology through various bug collections were just some of the top science exploration activities many can recall growing up and they all have had a profound impact on science understanding. These three staple activities, however, are not the only ways that students have access to real-world experiments during the new age of 21st Century classrooms and advanced technology.