STEM education refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills which are best developed through exposure to the arts. STEAM initiatives are meant to encourage, educate and prepare today’s youth to pursue careers in in STEM-related fields.
STEAM is a movement championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals.
The objectives of the STEAM movement are to:
- transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM
- encourage integration of Art + Design in K–20 education
- influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation
From the very young to the almost graduating, technology/GTT classes find us mastering mouse control; organizing files; developing keyboarding skills; setting formulas in spreadsheets; assembling presentations; inputting records in databases; editing documents; focusing on page layout design; searching the internet; studying tags and HTML coding; manipulating images; creating original animations; engaging in multi-media production; training in programming; constructing mechanisms with VEX kits; modeling in 3D; designing apps; and solving real world problems with robotics.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY/MISSION STATEMENT
“Alive, I’m Christ’s messenger.” Philippians 1:21a (MSG)
As long as God gives me life, my mission is to reflect God’s love to others;
to value and grow the gifts I have been given; to mature in knowledge and wisdom;
and to live a life of excellence in both witness and service to humankind.
All to the glory of God!
WHY YOU WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER
I kind of fought the idea actually, but God kept leading. Now, I find it to be a most rewarding profession.
Any activity that involves being outside and/or doing things with my family.
In junior high religion, math, and science, we do many, many hands-on activities and games! In seventh grade religion, we complete two service projects determined by the students. This Fall we stuffed toiletries, snacks and Bible verses in warm socks for homeless shelters to distribute.
In sixth grade math, we have a “Hometown Bakery” where students form bakeries based on economic principles and actually bake the goods and sell them with play money; the goal is to be the bakery with the greatest profit. Seventh grade math will work on many skills and create an air structure by using plastic sheeting, fans, geometric skills, and a lot of duct tape! Eighth grade algebra will participate in the Stock Market Game with $100,000 virtual funds. We have placed as high as 3rd Place in the Lincolnland Region!
All science classes participate in at least one lab per chapter. Sixth grade students will learn the difference between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rock by making a model, growing rock candy crystals, and heating and smashing Rice Krispie treats, respectively. There are many dissections in seventh grade science -- frogs, sheep eyes, and so on. One of the favorites is a Crime Scene Investigation in eighth grade that includes fingerprinting, blood typing, chromatography, and more.
If you can see it and touch it, you can learn it!
WHY YOU WANTED TO BECOME A TEACHER
As a child, I loved playing “school” and finding ways to make difficult concepts more simple. One of my favorite things in the world is to see the face of a student when they finally “get it.”
I love spending time with my family!