I have 12 years experience as a public middle and high school English and science teacher. Since then I have been teaching undergraduate preservice teachers and graduate-level education courses. And I now am homeschooling my two boys.
For my STEM lessons, I scaffold lessons into varying degrees of inquiry, to prepare students to do their own independent research project. For homeschooling my own children, we use literature (trade books) and learn using thematic units.
I am the author of the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Press Book titled, the "STEM Student Research Handbook" which guides high school and undergraduate researchers through an independent research project.
Undergraduate degree in English and Biology Secondary Education. Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. degree in Educational Technology
I am also the author of a blog (http://www.STEMmom.org) that has become a compilation of my experiences as a homeschooling mother of 2 (ages 5 and 18 months) who also still teaches STEM labs twice a week. This means that the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities I share are for the two extremes; early childhood and high school. Therefore, one day I may post the STEM connections related to playing with playdough; the next post may share ways to increase students' curiosity about molecular and cellular biology; and another post may address the struggles of being a believer who enjoys the scientific method. This is my life, and for what its worth, I'm going to share it with you. Let's enjoy the ride.
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