Needfinding through STEAM Project Card Sort

HMW uncover teacher preferences for STEAM projects

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Our school recently hosted an in-school retreat to help vision cast for our future of STEAM. One activity that was particularly insightful was a project card sort (attached). In this technique participants literally sorted projects in order of preference, then wrote a short note about why they chose that particular project. From there, we asked questions like "Where would this fit in our curriculum?", "Who would teach this?", and "What credit would students earn?

I think the exercise worked well for two reasons: 1) we all were able to view six really interesting STEAM projects as STEMspirations and 2) we uncovered some needs for team teaching, new ways of assessing, etc.

[Optional] Synthesize a little! In one sentence, describe something you learned from your empathy exercises or analogous research.

We were remarkably aligned in terms of what STEM could look like in the future, but yet we aren't doing those practices in our current classes now.

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Plan on doing this Friday with my math department. Very cool!

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At our school we are moving toward a Project Based School and these were wonderful to help get our math department thinking about what would be a good project and types of projects they could teach to tie into their curriculum.

Thank you!!

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