Using Literature to Promote Equity in STEAM
This video shares the need for equity in STEAM class, my personal journey, and ideas for creating equity in STEAM.
My story is about equity instruction through STEAM. I researched and worked with teachers to include equitable instruction with STEAM projects. The majority of the lessons were literature based. I found that using rich stories, allowing children to discuss the topic, and then creating a STEAM challenge based on the story gave the teachers and children a strong understanding of equity and it also created excitement from the students to share their understanding.
The books chosen were based on history, cultural heritage, and minorities and women in STEAM. The projects varied from students in fifth grade choosing to be an inventor/scientist in a WAX Museum based on the invention and not on the inventor to third graders creating a gear system carousel of hope based on the book, "A Ride to Remember".
Our school continues to research and choose books based on equity and inclusion instruction and our STEAM Team continues to create challenging and interesting projects that allow the students to communicate, collaborate, use critical thinking, and creativity.
Resource: I have taken a course called Dismantling Racism in the Math Class through https://achievethecore.org/. They are an amazing resource for equity in education.