New Year’s Resolutions in the Classroom
As we say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021, we may be reflecting on the challenges of the past year. But it is also important to focus on our next steps and our areas of development for the upcoming term. While some schools are starting again as normal, some are entering a period of online learning, while some have blended learning. Technology, therefore, undoubtedly will be playing an increasingly significant part in our educational future, so it is important to develop our skills in this area and teach our pupil’s vital STEM skills to help them succeed. Keep reading to see some of our ideas for great teacher New Year’s resolutions!
Undertake some professional learning
With all the changes this year, it is important to take time for your own professional development. There are many courses out there that will help increase your understanding of important STEM concepts, while helping cut your workload by giving you great lessons that are ready to take straight into the classroom. The Sphero Computer Science Foundations Course offers a supplemental, standards aligned curriculum designed to be taught in the classroom with the award-winning Sphero robots. If your school already has a set of these coding robots, or is looking to purchase them, then this course is a must. The course includes 24 excellent lessons that are aligned to various state standards and it includes a perpetual licence for all digital student facing materials and content. The lessons feature three different levels of difficulty – ideal for differentiation within the classroom and they cover three different topic areas.
Send STEM learning home
You may be an expert at facilitating STEM learning with coding robots in the classroom, however your lessons may need some adapting to work for online learning. The Sphero BOLT Power Pack is a popular choice in school, but did you know that the power pack can be dismantled so that each of the coding robots can be sent home with pupils? Read our blog here, to see how to break them apart safely. An easy activity to ask pupils to undertake at home would be to set them a weekly STEM challenge that they can film and then upload or send to you. One challenge could be getting them to code the robots to dance along to music or creating an obstacle course for them to complete.
Get more organised
With all this new technology, and a variety of STEM kits available, it is important to stay organised so that you know where everything is and can access it easily. This will save you a lot of time and effort when planning and preparing for lessons. If you are just setting up a STEM space, the Makeblock STEAM Education Intermediate Solution is worth a look, as it provides resources that help schools set up their STEAM labs and organise robotics competitions. It comes with 26 boxes of components, 8 storage trays and 6 packs of runners and clips to hep store them. If you already have a lot of STEM components, then the Sphero littleBits Wall Storage might help organise them neatly. The 5 purple metal wall panels include 60 small plastic bins and 20 larger ones, perfect for sensible storage.
What are your New Years Resolutions for school? Comment down below to let us know – we love to hear from you!