STEM: We All Learn Differently, But We Are All Worthy!
Authors: Samantha Laarman, Cara Lynn, & Morgan Cobb
Faculty Supervisors: Caroline Geiken, Ph.D. and Amy Sneed, Ph.D.
For our service-learning project, we partnered with Goodyear Elementary’s after-school program. We worked with students from 3rd to 5th grade incorporating writing and engineering into a three-week STEM program. Using co-teaching strategies and differentiation, we created and implemented an engineering curriculum that met the individual needs of our diverse students. During the program, students were engaged in an engineering project focused on pneumatics, persuasive writing, and constructive team feedback. Through this service-learning project, each of us learned the importance of viewing students as individuals and recognizing their learning preferences and strengths. We learned the importance of structuring meaningful learning experiences that build confidence in and promote self-expression for our learners. As we taught our students about teamwork and constructive feedback, we as teachers were also able to reflect upon our own teaching practices through this co-teaching experience. This project opens a way for CCGA’s teacher candidates to learn to teach through serving in our community.