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Thursday, January 20 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
“The Colony” Goes on “The Road”: An ELA/Tech/Science/History Smash-Up

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Integrating the basic tenets of STEM into a history or English classroom can be not only challenging, but at times near impossible.  Today’s teachers, even in STEM classrooms, are constantly bombarded with the same issues as every other teacher: raising test scores, student-centered learning, improving performance….  But STEM teachers have an added responsibility: specifically bringing science, tech, engineering and math into their teaching and projects.  Not having a background in these disciplines can be really daunting regarding lesson planning for your literature or studies of historical events.  All it takes is seeing your curriculum in a new way, and working jointly (regularly!) with your team members with the expertise to help you teach, create, and design strategies that not only engage your students, but also continue to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature and real-life application of our programs.  This is a movement beyond project development and simple team planning.  This session will enlighten you with a variety of practical (and fun!) lesson/project planning ideas for bringing STEM into your English or History classrooms, and will involve an interactive model PBL using a combination of the following: a study of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in a dystopian literature unit, a scientific inquiry and experiment under disastrous environmental conditions, and inventions developed to survive under such conditions, much like on television’s “The Colony.” 


Molly Adams

Currently in process of setting up a blog, but I am currently listed on the following sites: http://nstwritingproject.ning.com/ and http://www.northstaroftexaswritingproject.org/. I am also a part of the National Writing Project site at http://www.nwp.org.

Thursday January 20, 2011 10:30am - 12:00pm CST
Concho Main Floor

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