Creating Coding Lessons Reflection – Iteration One
As and Engineering teacher I strongly believe in the power of iteration, and reflection. Everything I ask my students to do, I ask them to do more than once. This gives them the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Iteration is how real design works, so we should teach accordingly. I am such a fan of the concept that I apply it to my teaching practice. What follows is my coding lesson reflection for my first iteration.…

Top 5 STEM Funding Sources – Make It Rain
There are three reasons I think it's wise to develop fund raising skills. First, if I can fund my program outside of my allocated budget, my ability to teach is not determined by others. Second, if I can self fund I am more valuable than someone who cannot. Third, if I can self fund I have the ability to expand my program unhindered by the political process. In short, my ability to fund my own program means that I have more freedom in my teaching practice.…

Creating Coding Lessons – Grade 6-8: Part 2
Any time I try something new I get some unexpected results. Often I learn something new. Usually I tweak something. Sometimes I find a connection to something else. My students find the lesson easier or harder than I expected. I've even discovered that some of my basic assumptions were faulty before. This time is no different. This coding lessons reflection will be of dubious use to you without having read this post. Don't let me dissuade you though, read away. What follows is an outline, and reflection on what I have done for the coding lesson I am working on so far.…

Books as SuperStar STEM Teaching Resources: Top 5
Despite the massive tonnage of information available on the internet from places like this little 'ol blog I found that when I started my STEM teaching journey I really didn't even know what to look for. Couple that with my lifelong love of reading (including a Masters in English), and it's only natural that I'd turn to books. Specifically, books on Amazon, and ideally books that I could pop onto my kindle reading app with nothing more than a click of a button. Even with the incredible ease of purchase, there was still the matter of finding the right book, and reading it of course.…

Top Five STEM Learning Tools Wishlist
One of my greatest mentors in STEM told me a story soon after we met. He told me about his first teaching post, and one of his own mentors. The head of his department took him into the storage room, and showed him a set of 30 Microscopes. When my mentor said "How did you get all these?" his mentor replied "One or two at a time over the course of a 20 year career". Education is a marathon, not a sprint, don't be afraid to take your time. The learning tools below are fantastic! They are also expensive, and if you read this post not necessary for a strong STEM lesson.…

Content Drives Technology NOT The Other Way Around
One of the ways I work to help other teachers have success in STEM Education is by working as a consultant and designer. Part of that work involves giving talks on various aspects of STEM. One of the things I've noticed (and it makes me absolutely crazy!) is that teachers fight to buy technology they have no plan for. What a waste of time and effort! Before you spend dime one on any new "product" you should have a good idea about how it will fit into your curriculum.…