When faced with the challenge of overhauling your new classroom structure and working with a new lesson model, it’s easy to list off the many reasons to continue teaching as you’re used to. If you’re one of these teachers, then this post is for you. STEM education is making giant movements in classrooms across the country, and it’s really no wonder. The teaching methods employed in STEM education have students newly engaged, and teachers, too. Here are just a few of the many reasons why teachers should be pumped about the STEM educational model.
Teaching Relevant, Real-World Applications
STEM education is a whole new way of teaching students. While still covering standards, it combines all of the STEM fields through lessons and activities designed to show students how the material they learn in their classes apply to the real world. Students can stop asking that question you hear all too often—“when will I ever even use this?”—and start seeing their STEM studies as actually resourceful, even outside of a career.
The Kids Are Excited
STEM education inherently creates a generally more exciting atmosphere for students. When they’re able to get out of their seats, on their feet, and engage with the content they are learning, students get excited. They begin to see just how someone can be interested in the typically “lame” areas. Truth is, STEM fields aren’t dull, but some traditional STEM teaching models can be dull. When your students are excited, it means you’re doing something right. And that should excite you, too.
Keeps You on Top of Your Game
STEM education allows you—as the teacher—to re-immerse yourself in your field. Introducing new teaching methods into your lessons may even teach you to see how mathematics and biology interact with one another, or at least hone in on the little details you may have forgotten. As a professional in your field, knowing all that you can makes you even more valuable. STEM education keeps you on top of your game in the classroom, and that’s something we can all appreciate.
We want to help bring a little excitement to the classroom. It’s our biggest passion here at Stratostar and we can help get your class involved with an awesome, hands-on activity with high altitude air balloons!