TEACHING AND LEARNING
Professional Development &
STEMisED provides professional development and support for Problem, Project, Case Based and Invention Education. Integration of these pedagogical methods is emphasized with student centered learning and engagement as the core of all learning.
Problem Based Learning is a student centered approach. Instructors learn to facilitate learning in which teachers present a scenario and then through open ended inquiry students work in teams to present innovative solutions. This pedagogy has the potential to connect students to their school environment and broader community.
Project Based Learning typically culminates in an authentic product that relates to the needs of their students community. Educators learn to lead projects that are sustained and long term. There are opportunities to connect career awareness to the projects. PBL emphasizes development of the 4 C's, using their model.
Cases are any pedagogy that starts with a story. Students are engaged in scenarios that are real world and discrepant. There are opportunities to provide stages within a case in the form of an interrupted case study. Teachers learn how to write cases that provide 'hooks" which begin the engagement process of PBL and Invention Education.
Invention and Intellectual Property Education Integration
Invention Education involves problem identification, problem solving, entrepreneurship and finding novel solutions through collaboration, research and creative design and iteration. This trans-disciplinary approach to learning enriches students experience and application of content by empowering them to solve real world relevant problems. Educators are engaged in methods that allow them to integrate invention into their classroom/team/school in a way that engages students in their content yet demonstrates that learning is never in isolation but is trans-disciplinary and empowers students to solve real world problems.
Flipped Learning is a method of instruction in which the students engage in interactive lessons at home, for homework, while they participate in differentiated and active learning during class. There are currently many resources for Flipped Learning and there is a great deal of potential to meet student needs. Teachers focus more on critical thinking and collaboration during class and less on "covering" material.