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These 25 STEM Ideals posters are the perfect classroom decor to help students identify the special way scientists, and really all STEM Pros, think and behave so we may better practice the traits ourselves – in (and hopefully beyond) STEM classes! Yes, growth mindset is an important piece, but it doesn't tell the whole story!
***Note: If you own the STEM Ideals Character Education resource, you already own these posters. ***
What is included in this resource?
- Bulletin Board Headers
- 25 full letter size & quarter size versions*
- 4 bonus posters
*Text is editable in Google Slides (TM)
What are the ideals & how were they chosen?
I researched and read up on current and legendary STEM professionals (STEM Pros), keeping a running list of traits found in their stories and in their work. Next, I reflected deeply on what I really wanted students to embody in their STEM work. That led to a list of 25 ideals, organized into five categories:
- Growth Mindset (set 1)
- Skills & Process (set 2)
- Guiding Principles (set 3)
- Habits of Mind (set 4)
- Beyond Self (set 5)
Is this series appropriate for any STEM classroom?
While the ideals in this series will work well in any STEM class, I think it’s best -suited for science classrooms because more of the videos/articles/quotes used are from scientists than any other field. Math, engineering, and technology fields are represented, of course, but the series examples skew toward science.
In developing the STEM Ideals series, I had three major goals:
- Explicitly identify common STEM Ideals for students to explore and study.
- Provide quotes and examples in a balanced way by gender and ethnicity so all students can see themselves in these professions.
- Make it meaningful and practical for teachers to implement in terms of time and planning.
And I was guided by three quotes:
“We think scientific literacy flows out of how many science facts can you recite rather than how was your brain wired for thinking. And it's the brain wiring that I'm more interested in rather than the facts that come out of the curriculum or the lesson plan that's been proposed.”
~Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.”
“Facts are not science – as the dictionary is not literature.”
~Martin H. Fischer
What teachers are saying:
⭐️"Great decor for my library. Really adds interest and understanding to STEM concepts."
⭐️"A wonderful set of posters to decorate my STEM specialist classroom. The traits are perfect and the illustrations helpful."
⭐️"These are excellent as visuals when teaching my students about STEM and the learning process. I have them up to refer back to all year long!"
⭐️"These posters are engaging in a way that promotes deeper thought versus creating visual clutter that is overstimulating."
⭐️"This is such a fun way to easily display STEM Ideals in the classroom"
⭐️"Great little posters to have up in the multi use classroom, The mottos on them are uplifting for a variety of subjects"
⭐️"So happy with this! Just what I needed for a huge bulletin board in my classroom! Thank you"
You might be wondering why these are STEM Ideals rather than traits, principles, or habits, or what the thinking was behind using verb phrases (Be Safe) vs. nouns (Safety).
A LOT of thought and consideration went into these and other decisions about the resources. You’ll find the rationale behind my answers to these and other questions within the resource as well as in this blog post. You can always reach out to me through the Q&A tab as well.
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