STEM education is a growing field, and for good reason. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and it’s a broad subject that encompasses many different areas of study. It allows students to explore their interests in inventive ways, but it can also be difficult to teach effectively without boring the class. Here are some tips on how teachers can adapt their teaching techniques when teaching STEM subjects:
Introduce concepts in a way that is relevant for students.
- Make sure the lesson is relevant to students.
- Use examples that students can relate to.
- Teach in a way that interests the students and their learning style, not yours!
Use hands-on activities to teach content.
Hands-on activities are engaging for students. Students learn better when they interact with the content, and hands-on activities provide an opportunity for students to do just that. Hands-on learning can be used to teach STEM concepts, as well as reinforce and demonstrate understanding of those concepts. Students can use a variety of tools including technology (like robotics kits), art supplies/materials (such as paintbrushes), or simple household items (such as measuring cups) in order to develop their understanding of STEM topics such as physics or biology through experimentation or observation.
Encourage students to be creative and solve problems on their own.
- Encourage students to be creative and solve problems on their own.
- Teach students how to think critically, problem solve, and be innovative.
- Allow for group work in order to allow for collaboration and discussion among peers.