6 EL Strategies for STEM Takeaways Computer science is generally identified with a narrow stratum of our student population, but all students today need to learn about it. Education —Jane Margolis, Joanna Goode, and Jean J. Ryoo, p. 48 STEM is part of the rich fabric of curriculum, teaching, and everyday life…. Schools should be connecting STEM to English, social studies, world languages, or the visual and performing arts. —Gary Hoachlander, p. 74 Application is at the heart of STEM education. When students ask, “Why do I have to learn this?” a STEM experience provides an answer. We would be much better served by less hyperventilating about STEM worker shortages and more focus on improving overall STEM literacy. —Robert Charette, p. 79 —Jo Anne Vasquez, p. 10 Perhaps the most effective and underused method for getting students to value science is for teachers to express their own enthusiasm for the topic. —Lee Shumow and Jennifer A. Schmidt, p. 62 Engineering activities should embrace failure and cast it as a learning opportunity. We should communicate that students don’t fail, the design fails. Oleksandr Haisonok/shutterstock — Christine M. Cunningham and Melissa Higgins, p. 42 Educational Leadership / December 2014 / January 2015 Source: The collective wisdom of authors published in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Educational Leadership, “STEM for All” (Volume 72, Issue 4).
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