Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ventura County STEMposium

A couple of weeks ago I presented at the Ventura County STEMposium, a CSU Channel Islands-funded week of teacher magic! The weeklong event featured a keynote speaker and grade-level breakout sessions each day, and I worked with a partner to present the grade-level sessions for first grade. Monday through Thursday, the wonderful Yessica Maldonado and I worked to provide teachers with meaningful, hands-on activities that addressed the new Next Generation Science Standards, as well as student-friendly technology, math, and engineering lessons and resources. On Friday, real children were on-site, and the teachers in our session had opportunities to apply their new learning. We had the most wonderful group of smart, eager, lovely teachers to work with, and they provided those little children with a delightful day of STEM fun on Friday!

Of course, I just had to include some STEM-appropriate books in the sessions! This list of books includes little gems that include concepts of creativity, perseverance, inventiveness, wonder, collaboration, and inquiry.

Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada

Something Extraordinary by Ben Clanton

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea

Books are a great way to draw students into a topic, and help them begin thinking about a topic. It's no wonder I have over 4,000 books in my classroom! So many books to love!

1 comment:

  1. I absolutely love the idea of utilizing books to implement STEM topics into the classroom. It's a fabulous way to hook the students into the topic and potentially keep them engaged. In New York (according to the teachers rumor mill) Common Core is about to be retracted, which many teachers struggled to balance along with implementing STEMA integration. Using literacy as a foundation allows teachers to branch further away from the typical curriculum in order to make learning more meaningful for students.