Surveys, Helpers, Inspirers, Learners
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The thought of students choosing their own STEM project is both exciting and daunting. How does a small school with limited teaching staff cover the myriad of options that nearly 180 students from Grade 6-9 may have? This week we gave a motivational talk to inspire the students and after watching the STEM video, which the applauded at the end,
But the "fear" of the teachers is an issue. How do we teach to this? How do we help them if we are not experts in the field? How can we assess? It was obvious that our teachers, although having a variety of backgrounds: Motor Technician, Chemistry, Business Economics, etc still would not have the skills to mentor the projects that students were looking at.
But a school is not a business, it's a community.
We now have the experts (teachers, Parents, University Members, Business community members) in the field, for our students to discuss and talk about their project when we conduct our "Master Class" day. Small steps have begun.