Big Idea - Beyond STEM PBL - I wanted to share an inspiration that a Middle School in Portland, Maine has done to brilliantly integrate various subjects like, English, Geography, environmental studies and more into this Beyond STEM projects.
I strongly believe the we need to incorporate Beyond STEM PBL projects and make learning more meaningful and interesting.
Potential for Impact: - Holistic Learning - Connecting various Subjects and skills - Creativity, Innovation & Better citizens
I think this has a very great potential for fostering deeper learning. When we connect languages to STEM project, children understand the power of communication. Connecting Social Sciences and Social and Environmental impact develops kids to become solution providers than problem complainers. PBL helps build skills for life along with subjects.
Value Pitch: - The future of education is not in smart boards or smart technology, it is in Smart Learning.
A learning which smartly incorporates all of the following: Work on Projects, Connect Subjects, Foster Creativity, Develop Skills, Better Grades and Happy community and results in better grades. This is something that can be done and has been done in Schools like Kings Middle School, in Portland, Maine. The video is a reflection of how kids not only developed new interest in learning but also helped them see the worlds problems in a new way. This method of Beyond STEM PBL makes sure that as teachers, we are able to give back to the society, well trained Solution Providing Citizens of the future.
How would I get this off the ground? - Collaboration
1. Identify quarterly subject specific goals for the class.
i.e. Grade 8 - English - Read a Novel, Write a letter to the Senator
2. Collaborate with other teachers and identify Projects that will help achieve above subject based quarterly goals.
3. Involve the community - Community buy in is essential
Seek volunteers may be from parents/ corporates
Sponsorship for rewards -
4. Make it FUN - Gamify the Experience -
i.e. Have silly rewards like "Flopper Topper" etc. Badges
5. Celebrate the Journey - Not the Destination.
Team Spotlight of the week
The idea is to keep it simple and not complicate it. It is also important that there is agreement that the project help kids, complete the necessary quarterly goal in learning, so as to be in compliance with curriculum.
Potential Challenges / Road Blocks.
1. Community Buy In
2. Curriculum compliance
What are the things that you guy see? Do you think this kind of Beyond STEM PBL develops well rounded global citizens?