How To Swagify Your STEM Curriculum

How to Swagify Your STEM Curriculum

I have the privilege of teaching adorable kiddos about STEM -- specifically technology. Generally, they’re fans of it. There’s definitely more than one hopeful future SnapChat engineer in the midst. However, sometimes even tech class isn’t a basket full of puppies in terms of student engagement. As a first grader innocently asked earlier this year, “But Mr. Mishleau, where’s the fun tech stuff?” That one evidence point told me it was time to turn the spiciness level up and pull out all the engagement stops!  Here are five strategies I’ve tried to get students excited about STEM:

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Waking Up From Winter Break: How These Educators Engage Students After the Holidays

From all of us at Flocabulary, Happy 2016! We’re pumped for another year of working with awesome educators to inspire students. But whether you’re in a Brooklyn office or the back of an ELA classroom, getting into the swing of things after the holidays can be tricky!

We chatted with some educators in the Flocabulary community about the best way to re-engage students after winter break, and a clear theme emerged: culture-building. Here are four ways to create a strong, positive culture in your classroom after break, inspired by these educators.

engaging students after the holidays

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How Writing for a Global Audience Transformed My Students Into Passionate Writers

At Flocabulary, fostering a love of learning in every student is one of our biggest goals. We believe that motivated students are successful students. Our Student Engagement Series features stories from real Flocab-using educators on their practices, lessons, and ideas to get students excited about creating, writing, learning and dreaming.

“When children create for the world, they make it good. When children only create for their teachers, they make it good enough.” -Rushton Hurley

“My precious. My precious.” Many of you may recognize the phrase from The Lord Of The Rings. It’s a phrase spoken by Gollum, the crazy creature who hides deep in the caves. He craves the ring. He wants the ring. It’s all he can think of. What if I were to tell you that this creature exists in every school in the country? What if I were to tell you that this creature is you?

I am Typing by Adikos, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

I am Typing by Adikos, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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  • September 24, 2009

Fun = mass x acceleration

Who said science can't be fun? FMA Live - which takes its name from Newton's famous equation, "force = mass x acceleration" - is a national tour that uses fun activities and performances to get students excited about science. Earlier this week, FMA Live performers featured rap songs and dances in a series of shows at Liverpool Middle School. Try to catch the show at a city near you! Hip-hop singers, dancers teach Liverpool students science By Steve Billmyer September 21, 2009, 1:42PM This story by contributing writer Darren Benda. Students jumping on Velcro walls, teachers sumo-wrestling, a hovering teacher…

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  • December 4, 2008

Hip Hop Across the Curriculum

Hip-Hop is not just a genre of music, nor is it simply a pop fad. It is a three decade-old and growing, holistic cultural movement. What began as the popular culmination of the African-American musico-social experience quickly spread to every corner and demographic of the United States and beyond. Today, Hip-Hop exists as a dominant expression of the modern American youth experience. Accordingly, Hip-Hop can be used in a powerful and relevant way in classrooms across the academic curriculum. Not only does Hip-Hop engage students because of its inherent resonance with their lives, it can also serve as a case…

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