7 Ways to Promote Student Autonomy in Your Classroom This Year

Classroom STEM Teaching Strategies and Tips

A major focus of my STEM certification program last year was structuring the classroom to increase student autonomy.  Why is student autonomy so important?  Here are a few reasons: When students are able to make decisions in the classroom, they are more engaged. Making decisions (for example, choosing lab equipment for investigations) requires higher level …

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Successfully Scaffolding the Experimental Design Process

NGSS NGSS Newbies Science and Engineering Practices Teaching Strategies and Tips

Many teachers struggle with successfully scaffolding the experimental design process. It took me a long time to give up control and correctly set the scene for students to be successful when designing experiments. Here are a few tips to help make sure that your inquiry activities are successful. 1. Make sure your inquiry activity should …

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