Say What?  Exactly!
Admit it, sometimes we ALL feel this way.

What we think is plain and simple can become complicated, and even scary.

Remember the Abbott and Costello "Who's on First?" debacle? What we say isn't always interpreted as what we intend it to mean. It's a very funny skit, but it's not so funny when you're trying to reach a student who may have a different learning style, different way of thinking, or is just intimidated by the subject itself.

Here in the world of STEM, we may not have all the answers, but we hope to offer some suggestions that might help. 

Getting the Message Across

A different way of thinking: 7 divided by 28 = 13

You've Got This

Do you feel your students aren't getting it? Do you think something is missing?  Do you feel you need to know everything? in the eyes of a child, adults DO know everything. Don't be afraid to admit that you don't. Help them investigate and research answers together. Do you need to update your skills? Let them know that teachers need to learn too. Teachers and parents are people too. 

Teachers, step out of the box and ask your students questions:
  • What did you learn today?
  • What do you like about STEM subjects?
  • What do you not like about STEM subjects?
  • What would make it more fun to learn?

Parents, don't be afraid to ask your child's teacher:
  • How do you teach? Lecture, inquiry-based, group? Different styles of teaching may have different outcomes of learning and retaining information.
  • Teachers what do you need from me, the parent?
  • How can I volunteer in the classroom.