Theme of the month

Theme of the Month

Join us each month as we focus on a topic of interest to STEM Teacher Leaders with a webinar panel, open discussion, resources and blog post. 

August 2021

Rebooting the Science Classroom: Sensemaking and Phenomena-driven Instruction

Jason Crean
August's theme, moderated by Jason Crean, will explore lessons learned after a tumultuous year as a result of the pandemic. Be sure to read the intro blog, view the webinar recording, join the online discussion, & browse related resources.

Intro Blog

Mike Fumagalli
Mike Fumagalli kicks off the August theme with a blog post that reflects on a tumultuous year as a result of the pandemic and shares some of his lessons learned during this time.

Discussion

In this facilitated discussion, we will explore lessons learned after a tumultuous year as a result of the pandemic. We invite your participation!

Webinar Panel

Recorded: August 5th at 7pm EDT
Moderator: Jason Crean
Panelists: Gretchen Brinza, Michael Fumagalli, Kristin Rademaker, and Janelle Scharon
Description: Many teachers are heading back to the physical classroom this Fall with some lessons learned after a tumultuous year as a result of the pandemic. This interactive webinar will involve discussions around where we were, where we are, and where we could be as we reboot our classroom practice. Now is a great time to enhance our practice and lead with phenomena to contextualize learning for our students. Leading with phenomena allows students to engage in sense-making so they can focus more on "figuring out" over just learning about science facts.

 

 
 

Synthesis Brief

Brian Drayton
In this brief, Brian Drayton provides a synthesis of this month's theme "Rebooting the Science Classroom: Sensemaking and Phenomena-driven Instruction," that highlights key points and suggested recommendations discussed by those who participated in this month's discussion and webinar panel.