Tackling STEM Fear in Teachers and Students

The acronym, STEM, can shut teachers and students down before they even start if they think they are not good in science and/or math.

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As a former Biology teacher I have often heard kids tell me that they were "not good in science" so that they had an excuse to fail.  I spent time building them up with small successes.  I have been told from my math counterparts that they also observed the same things about students thinking they were "not good in math".  I wish that we could help teachers and students see that STEM isn't just about science and/or math.  STEM is about thinking.  Though some people self identify as being more of a "words" person, a "writing" person or a "creative" person, etc., it would benefit us all if they could see how the free flow of ideas from all perspectives is what builds an authentic and active STEM culture!

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Though some people self identify as being more of a "words" person, a "writing" person or a "creative" person, etc., it would benefit us all if they could see how the free flow of ideas from all perspectives is what builds an authentic and active STEM culture!

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I think that the beauty of STEM/STEAM is that it provides a creative opening into what is sometimes seen as "hard" subjects like math and science. When it shifts towards finding and solving problems in the world, then the disciplines make sense as ways we can solve the problem.

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