Wherever You Are...Bloom Where You Are Planted: With new regulations, additional reporting requirements, and constant shifts in curriculum, some days you are doing good to merely keep your head above water much less teach your class. Couple that with whispers around the water cooler and abrupt shifts in conversations when "you know who" walks by and some days can be downright disheartening. You didn't go into teaching to feel defeated and you don't have to stay in the valley.
Cindy will share her own experience and the lessons she learned to help reverse the stinking thinking and convince you that you are not here by accident. She believes you are designed to reach students that no one else can. You have a purpose. You are gifted and well-able. You will leave encouraged, not merely seeking to SURVIVE another day, but aspiring to THRIVE and BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED!
STEM-ify Your Classroom - The Why and the How to Inspire Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication: STEM is more than just an educational buzzword; it is at the center of a much needed shift in education to better prepare students for life-long success. But does it just fit into science and math classrooms? No!
Drawing on her own experience as a school administrator and district STEM coordinator, degreed engineer and educator Cindy Wallace will share strategies to help you begin to develop a school-wide, standards-aligned STEM initiative, share why it is more important than ever to foster the 4 C's of STEM, and discuss the data behind why she believes the benefits of inspiring critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication in the classroom far outweigh the effort.
A Case for Computational Thinking: What is computational thinking and how does it relate to my subject? Europe has already adjusted its curriculum to include robots both as a teaching tool and as a technology for students to study, but why? By 2020, there will be 1 million more computer science-related jobs than graduating students qualified to fill them. -U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics How do we address statistics like these when we are trying to prep students for the next test?
Cindy will frame the conversation around computational thinking, provide background on this shift in curriculum, and share practical ideas to make it easy to include computational thinking opportunities into all content areas.