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EiE Videos Let Preservice Teachers See Exemplary STEM Teaching

Posted by Cynthia Berger on Thursday, June 11, 2015

2015.06.11_EiE_A_Reminder_for_EmilyEngineering is Elementary has a large online library of Classroom Videos—nearly 200 in all.

These ~10-minute videos are intended to be a resource for elementary teachers who use the EiE curriculum. But they’re also a useful resource for college educators who work with preservice teachers.

Tomorrow's elementary teachers will need to make engineering part of the school day—and they can’t how learn to do this just by reading a textbook or sitting in a lecture hall! Your teacher candidates need to observe skilled teachers in their native habitat, to see “what it looks like” when a teacher models science and engineering practices for a roomful of students.

But K -5 engineering is still so new that, unfortunately, most student teachers aren’t likely to see this during their observations or practice teaching.

Virtual Visits to Classrooms Across the Country

EiE_Videographer_in_actionThat’s where Classroom Videos can help. Each one shows an experienced teacher, facilitating an engineering activity with real students who respond in genuine ways.

The educators in these unscripted videos are highly skillful teachers from schools around the country. They demonstrate a variety of STEM instructional strategies, including how to

  • question students effectively
  • frame positive behavior
  • lead students to take charge of their own learning
  • create a classroom culture where it’s safe to fail

Each video comes with a set of reflection questions that draw attention both to the instructional strategies and to the moments when students or teachers engage in particular engineering practices.

Using EiE Classroom Videos with Your Students

Professor of science education Leanne Avery uses Classroom Videos with her students at SUNY Oneonta. “I break a class of 20 students into four groups of five and give each group the homework assignment of preparing to teach one of the four lessons in an EiE unit,” she says.

As part of lesson prep, the students watch the Classroom Video that demonstrates the EiE lesson. Back in class, each of the four groups introduces the lesson to the rest of the class.

“This is the You-Tube generation, so they really like video!” Avery says. “And students tell me they find it really helpful to actually SEE what they’re going to be doing in the classroom.

Here’s another way to use EiE Classroom Videos with your preservice students. 

  • Assign your students to review the science and engineering practices laid out in the Next Generation Science Standards
  • In class, hold a group discussion where students reflect on what those practices mean to them
  • Assign students to watch one or more Classroom Videos (either in class or out of class)
  • Students work independently or in pairs to respond to the reflection questions 


We know our Classroom Videos are popular—collectively, they’ve been viewed more than half a million times just in the past year. If you’re a preservice teacher, OR a college faculty member working with preservice teachers, we’d love to hear how you’re using these videos in YOUR practice!

Share your Teacher Tip!


Engineering is Elementary is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Written by Cynthia Berger

Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers, Preservice Teachers

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