2020 continues to be brutal to teachers, students, and parents, especially those who need help teaching STEAM in remote learning courses.
Some may wonder how we can teach STEAM in Remote Learning.
Well – with a little imagination, nothing is impossible.
Let’s remember a few basics to STEAM.
6 Ways STEAM Helps Remote Learning Courses
- STEAM means that the lesson is interdisciplinary. Educators shouldn’t feel like they’re isolated in a silo. Instead, embrace that the concept comes from four industries meaning that teachers can utilize them all at once.
- STEAM activates creativity and innovation. Some feel like standards confine the imagination, to which I will argue that their toolbox needs a little updating. When it comes to remote learning, it’s more than videos and electronic worksheets. It’s the ability to transform students into thinkers where the lessons are self-centered. This is where the “A” for the Arts comes in!
- STEAM lessons can extend beyond one day. Building on skills remains one of the top initiatives of STEAM integration, but there has to be continuous scaffolding to do this.
- STEAM brings out entrepreneurs from students. Teachers stop at the end of the lesson instead of extending it where the class can take their projects and develop a funnel to process if from prototype to product. Who knows, one of your students might become the next Bill Gates.
- STEAM fuses soft and hard skills that tap into learning styles. Some of the best STEAM activities have come from projects where students’ learning style has enabled their understanding of the talent to be formed from how they learn best.
- STEAM provides the chance to substitute. Whether it’s a lab, math assignment, or programming script, STEAM gives the students the ability and flexibility to swap out if they follow the skill’s rules.
We have to stop looking at the pessimistic side of things and look for opportunities within us and our constraints. When it happens, you might be surprised at what you can discover and tap into because of your new lens.
That’s the beauty of STEAM.
It’s more than Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics; it’s the keys to a successful career from it all began in your classroom. The question is, are you going to drive them there?
Check out my other article, Upscale Skills Through STEAM Courses, to see some of the best practices there.