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Ivelisse Castillo Ivelisse Castillo 855 Points

How can teachers ensure all STEM content taught is reached by students in a classroom with multiple learning levels?

Madelyn Nash Madelyn Nash 2450 Points

I would agree with you that this is one of the topics that I struggle with the most. It can be challenging to find the necessary tools to reach every student in your classroom. One of the first steps is to get to know your students. You need to know what the strengths and weaknesses are for your students and from there you can start altering your instruction to fit their needs. If you are concerned if the content has reached every student, it is beneficial to give students an informal assessment or an exit ticket to see what students are understanding and what they are not. Content will almost never reach every student every time. Constantly assessing where your students are will make it tremendously easier to adjust your future lessons. I also found this article that specifically talks about stem and special learners. it gives some great examples on how to keep students engaged wich is an important step in the learning process https://www.middleweb.com/28082/stem-classes-and-kids-with-special-needs/#:~:text=Many%20students%20with%20special%20needs%20actually%20lean%20toward,20%25%20of%20students%20in%20the%20general%20school%20population.

 

Carolyn Mohr Carolyn Mohr 92316 Points

Hi Ivelisse,

What a great question!  There is actually a forum thread on this topic that you should check out: https://my.nsta.org/forum/topic/K!plus!eFEQulldQ_E

It is called, 'STEM AND SPECIAL EDUCATION' UNDER THE STEM FORUM.

I did a search in NSTA using the words 'special needs and STEM'.  I was pleasantly surprised at how many resources popped up.  Here are a couple you might be interested in perusing:

Connecting STEM with Learning: https://www.nsta.org/connected-science-learning/connected-science-learning-april-june-2019

and 

Better Together: https://www.nsta.org/connected-science-learning/connected-science-learning-april-june-2019/better-together

I am sure others will have other resources to share - such an important consideration in lesson planning - to plan for ALL of our students' success 

when STEMming and STEAMing :-)

Best,

Carolyn

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