Arguably one of the greatest impacts of COVID-19 has been the havoc generated with school closures and the resulting stress placed on families, teachers, and students. High school graduation requirements and ceremonies, sports, as well as College studies and ceremonies, all up in the air. At the very least, a chaotic educational environment for students and teachers!
Over the past few years, a new trend in teaching science and math has been evolving. Many schools already embrace the STEM philosophy (science, technology, engineering and math), but many are beginning to infuse STREAM curriculum into their academic plans. What is STREAM and how is it different than STEM?
Always a hot topic for us – new English Language Arts and Mathematics standards have been released for the State of Florida! The state's Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking standards (B.E.S.T.) were just adopted earlier in the month, February 12th. The state anticipates a three-year implementation timeline-so it is expected both ELA and math will be fully implemented by the 2022-2023 school year.
While students work to graduate and enter the workforce it is often times hard to keep up with some of the most in-demand skills. As the job market evolves, students need to be able to learn skills that are not only hard-skills, a skill needed to complete a specific task, but also soft skills which revolve around behavior and cognitive abilities. In terms of educational standards these can be found in math, science and ELA standards as well as Social and Emotional skills which have recently been adapted in the classroom.
Podcasting is all the rage right now -- and, with podcast subjects ranging from history to Latin to linguistics, many in the education field have discovered that this unique forum makes for a handy and effective teaching tool.