Month: February 2017

Easy Data Collection for STEM

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Just when you read the title, you probably rolled your eyes a little.  Many teachers (and I used to be one of them) automatically reach for the aspirin when the mention of data collection comes up.

Data collection can be a real pain, but when done right, it will help you (and your students) in the long run. Throughout this series, we’re going to look at data collection a couple of different ways.

First, we’re going to look at data collection through the eyes of a student.  What kinds of data should students collect during a STEM project?  How can students make sense of this data?  Then, we’re going to look at data collection through the eyes of a teacher.  How do I collect relevant data without driving myself crazy?

Join me for the next couple of weeks as we examine just how helpful and easy data collection can be for both students and teachers.

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Powerful Graphic Organizers for STEM- STEM Vocabulary

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One particular graphic organizer that I like to provide for students is a vocabulary sheet.  Often, students run across new and unknown words in their research that they should capture for future reference.  So many times, students just skip over the word and don’t give it a second thought, but adding that word to their vocabulary is an important step.  This graphic organizer helps students to stop and document the new finding.  This graphic organizer can also be used to describe a scientific phenomenon.

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Powerful Graphic Organizers for STEM- Team Plan

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When students work in teams, they seem to either be really successful or really not successful.  Some of that success is due to team dynamics and the 4C’s (Communication, Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking), but some of the success is usually determined by whether the team has a plan (or not).  Having a solid plan is a big predictor of success for students, so taking the time to have students form a plan is critical.

We talked about one version of this last week, but now it’s time to add another one to the mix to help students focus on the big picture.  One issue students argue over is who is going to do what.  By working as a team to decide ahead of time, it helps students focus on the solution, not the dynamic.  It also helps students to brainstorm their solution and decide what materials they need to test their designs.

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