Our students are a part of an Integrated Co-Teaching community which consists of regular education students as well as individuals with special education needs. We feel that creating a learning community for all of our learners is key! This wonderful group of students is blessed to have a regular education teacher and a special education teacher most of the day to support their instruction. Together we nurture, teach, and support all of the students. On a daily basis, we take advantage of small group instruction, student-centered learning, and inquiry-based exploration.
My students are inspired to learn and I am inspired to teach them!
Although they come from a variety of academic backgrounds and socioeconomic levels - in our classroom they come together as learners. Many of our students have never traveled out of our town and have very little exposure to the real world. We love to see their curiosity when it comes to new learning - especially in the areas of science and technology. We strongly believe that this type of learning will be important building blocks for their future in career and college readiness.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn. This year I am integrating the foundations of ELA with the New York State science standards. Throughout the year, I have STEM activities planned that will support the application of the ELA and science concepts into fun exploration. Some of the projects are creating catapults with Simply Art Wood Craft Picks and rubber bands, building towers of cards and straws, and constructing land and water vehicles with the Genpak 2WH Supermarket Tray and craft tubes.
My 75 students will have many opportunities to create, explore, construct and develop while learning in a safe classroom environment.
All of these materials will support the students in their journey through STEM learning. The problem solving, science inquiry, reading comprehension are just a few skills that will be with the students for a lifetime.
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