We asked the expert educators who make up our group of EiE Ambassadors what they think the top education trends for this year are and what resources they’re looking for to help promote STEM learning for their students. We think their insight would be helpful for everyone, as well as the resources we suggested for their classrooms!
Alayne Lawson, teacher at River Ridge Academy said: “Now that students are able to work in groups again and share materials, I have noticed a deficit in effective communication and collaboration skills. I also think we need more creative approaches to the vocabulary.”
→ Build collaboration and communication skills — and practice vocabulary! — with the hands-on design challenges in our digital storybooks!
Shundra Morris, the 2nd and 3rd grade science specialist of Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) told us: “Groups are now being used more and we need student communication with emphasis on "Science Talk." I would like to see more about student discourse in science and would love some practical, ready-to-use activities.”
→ Continue developing the vocabulary learned in our storybooks with our TryIt! Kits! These ready-to-use kits have all the materials you need to complete the experiments inside each book!
Deepa George, Expert in Education for TCS iON shared: “I am always thinking of different ways in which we can simplify STEM for parents so that they can amplify them for students, at home! How we can use simple day to day problems that we encounter in our homes as opportunities for children to problem solve creatively. Further, I am also passionate about recycling and reusing stuff in unusual ways to problem solve. Parents should be made co-collaborators in STEM learning so that they can transfer that enthusiasm to problem solve to their children.”
→ Promote STEM learning out of school with our Engineering at Home Activities, which feature free downloadable books in English and Spanish and easy games and activities for the whole family to enjoy!
What topics are trending in your classroom? What resources are you looking for to help connect with your students? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll get back to you with a personalized recommendation.