Learn about my adventures in STEM/STEAM and Project-Based Learning when you listen to the I Heart STEAM Teacher Podcast. I will share the good, the bad, and the joyful with you on my mission with a team of educators creating the ultimate STEAM certified school! Anything and everything you will ever need to know about STEM/STEAM and project-based learning will be shared right here in the I Heart STEAM Teacher Podcast.
Why Early STEM Instruction is Vital for Brain Development and Creativity
How to develop creativity in the classroom should totally be part of your teacher growth and development list.
Yes friends, the time has come to say it out loud. It’s not the easiest skill to work on with students at all. Especially if you feel like you aren’t creative yourself, but that’s NOT true. It takes a plan and some active research.
We even need to research this topic on a class by class or student by student basis. Why? It is literally something that we have to unlock, and it may take different approaches. But let’s be clear… being creative or teaching others to be creative just means having one thought inspire another thought!
Jump into the episode and get the low down on optimizing for brain functioning at different age levels to improve retention and creativity.
I simply love studying concepts of how the brain functions to optimize learning in the classroom. For sure, we all need to dig into it more! The 4 C’s for 21st Century Learning are:
CreativityCritical thinkingCollaborationCommunicationYour lesson goals should be to strive for these concepts to be included in your lessons as much as possible! But we don’t always know how to include these in our lessons and especially how to develop creativity. I know you believe creativity is something you have or don’t have, but it’s developed. Yours can be developed, too. Here’s a little something to help you out in the classroom: STEAM Concepts Posters
STEM and Growth Mindset
This! What a great episode!
Growth mindset is an absolute must for teaching students in any subject area, but for STEM or STEAM, they have to learn how to work through failure and stay positive! Don't we all!
Come take a listen to this incredible story with Ron from the Pick-a-Stic company! I have truly loved using Pick-a-Stics with my family to promote table discussion!!
I can't wait to bring them to the classroom, but I am enjoying them so much at home, I may have to order another set! If you want to know more about Pick-a-Stics... you can find them on Instagram @pickastic. Of course, going straight to the website will give you even more information! Go to the website.
This year needs tons of growth mindset practice with students! Take a look at and grab some free STEAM instructional posters for your classroom that are hot off the presses from me!
Keep STEAMing on!
5 Questions YOU Need to Ask Before Starting STEM Projects
Back to school STEM or STE(A)M is a crucial time for all elementary teachers.
Why? During the first weeks of school, THIS is when the foundations and fundamentals for a STE(A)M culture can be laid that will benefit all of the core subjects. These foundational posters will help you get started!
Yes… all of the core subjects!
So how should back to school STEM look? Is it a week of STEM challenges? Is it the start of a STEM project? Actually, back to school STEM doesn’t look like this at all! If you want students to benefit more from the STEM or STE(A)M projects that they work on throughout the year, FIRST they need to get what STE(A)M is. We can’t just say the acronym or say the words like science, engineering, and so on.
In this episode, I will share the exact process you should use to begin the school year off with STEM or STEAM. It's so simple... you may thin it's too good to be true! You really must start the year off with back to school STEM this way! So… these definitions listed above… you can grab them here! I’ve got them ready for you to print and use in the classroom!
I know you probably need a little more than just a set of definitions for back to school STEM! If you are a Kindergarten or 1st grade teacher, Tiny Minds STEAM is a complete 5 week introduction to STEAM that will really boost their understanding in many areas beyond just STEM. For teachers in grades 2-5, Introduction to STE(A)M is perfect for you and completely integrated into English Language Arts! Back to school STEM is important and sets the precedence for the year!
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STEM, Escape Rooms and Cooking? How is this possible?
Yes... we are going to combine STEM, Escape Rooms, and Cooking!
Meet the STEM Chef... Ashie Bhandiwad! Ashie, a BIOENGINEER, has focused her scientific know how and love for teaching scientific application to children into virtual escape rooms! This passion project was came to life during "the shutdown" when her physical escape rooms geared to children had to close.
Simply AMAZING! I can't wait to see how this project evolves and grows. Teachers, why should you check out Ashie?
Expose your students to STEM without all the set up!Engage with curiosity and excitement!Time limits will allow your students to complete during instruction.Let them experience and live through failure!Core subject content practice and understanding involved!Check out the STEM Chef at www.stemchef.com
Also find her on Tik Tok (hallelujah!), Instagram, and Facebook @stemchef
I can't wait to try this out with a group of students!
Ready to engage your students with STE(A)M? Download the 9 Tip Guide for the Ultimate STE(A)M Classroom! Join the Roadmap to STEAM Masterclass for a plan to start the year off with!
Take part in weekly conversations in the STEAM University Facebook Group! We would love to have you!
Meet STEM Children's Book Author.. Javier Garay.. The Block Guy!
This episode is a MUST listen to!
Kindergarten - Third Grade EXCELLENT literature can be hard to find... but the Blocks Books... WoW!
Meet STEM children's book author Javier Garay. Javier is super passionate about unleashing the natural curiosity children possess. He is so passionate about it... He left Wall Street to pursue his passion of working with children.
You can find some seriously good videos and weekly lives with Javier on Tik Tok @javiertheauthor!
Check out the the Lloyd and Sonia the blocks in his book series here: www.theblocksbooks.com
This was a great summer celebration. Parents, teachers, administrators.... THESE ARE A MUST READ FOR THE SUMMER OR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR!!
Another summer celebration from I Heart STEAM... The Roadmap to STEAM Masterclass is open again, but with limited spots! Join us!! Totally FREE. Totally Awesome!!
Design with Design Cast Creator, Jason Reagin
This podcasting friend has been teaching for 23 years, and he is the ULTIMATE design teacher living internationally and delivering design instruction!
It's time for a celebration! I invited Jason to be part of the summer celebration podcasts because this selfless educator has joined together podcasters like myself and many others into the #designcastnetwork which is a group of educators all podcasting on the topic of design. I just feel lucky to be included in such an awesome group of educators.
To really see what Jason is all about, I recommend a follow on twitter @diskon4no. I truly enjoy the information shared there by Jason. But... the best way to find out more about design and STEM education is by taking a listen to the Design Cast Podcast .
Other ways to link up with Jason Reagin:
If you visit the website, you will find his publications and educational experiences that would make any educator feel that duty was served with extreme dedication. Take a few design tips from the Master!
This podcast is truly amazing. I have been teaching for a long time now and this podcast gives so many valuable lessons to be implemented for my classroom! Outstanding job and I can’t wait to listen to more! Much love ♥️🤍💙
STEAM is life!
This is my first year teaching 2nd grade. I have been teaching pre k for 11 years. My mission is to bring STEAM into my classroom in full force. I have loved listening to your podcast for ideas and inspiration. Thanks for all you do.
A great resource for teachers and parents
I’m glad I found this podcast. As an early STEAM education advocate, this is perfect. Love it!