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Inspire STEM Learning

3 Credits

What is Inspire STEM Learning Course for Teachers?

Inspire STEM Learning is a professional development course that introduces teachers to an interdisciplinary approach to learning that engages students in relevant, rigorous, real-world problem solving. The emphasis on college and career readiness in Common Core Standards requires student critical thinking, communication, and adaptability across the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students must be able to readily access relevant information, creatively and critically approach problems, and effectively communicate concepts and ideas. In this course, teachers will explore the rationale and specific strategies for selecting, planning, implementing, and assessing lessons that develop these 21st century skills in students. Teachers will reflect on lessons presented in their own classrooms; they will also network with the wider teaching community as they share and evaluate research, resources, lessons, and strategies.

What Will You Learn in This PD course?

In this professional development course, you'll learn to design, teach, and reflect on integrated STEM lessons. You'll also learn to summarize and implement tools and strategies for engaging students in meaningful integrated STEM investigations.

Note: Required textbook must be acquired separately.

Professional Development Certificate

This course is applicable towards the STEM Teaching Certificate.

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Paul Reimer

I believe in the power of ongoing, collaborative learning opportunities for teachers that develop usable knowledge and shared practices. I have been active in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, workshop presenter, and designer of mathematics programs at the K-12 level. Currently I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University where I am exploring the relationship between teachers' beliefs, attitudes, and practices. My courses deal with issues that many teachers of mathematics have experienced. How do I best assess my students? How can I get students talking about math, and how do I facilitate that discussion? How do I get out of the textbook and into an engaging task that harnesses curiosity and makes use of critical thinking and reasoning? Developing shared practices around these ideas through collaborative reflection and support is the focus of our online community.