The latest from STEM Teaching Tools, a series of free, bite-sized PDFs for science educators.
Field Notes #12, January 2020
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How can your science instruction leverage and develop students' interests?

Science instruction should help students understand “why does this matter to me?” Lessons should reflect the realities of students’ lives and be generationally and culturally relevant. But it can be a challenge to make these connections. 

This tool is designed to help educators build on student interests by creating experiences, adapting curriculum, and resourcing learners.
Read STEM Teaching Tool #58
Other New Tools
Brief #59: Supporting science learners who receive  special education services [Read]
STEM Teaching Tools #60 Header Image. Two students measure a plant height.
Brief #60: 'Productive uncertainty’ supports engagement in science practices [Read]
Brief #61: Science learning should help students develop caring for other species [Read]
STEM Teaching Tools #62 Header Image. A teacher and student are holding clipboards outside.
Brief #62: Science is key to subject matter integration at the elementary level [Read]
Webinar: Supporting Students who Receive Special Education Services
A screenshot of the webinar on Designing Inclusive Science Learning Environments Students receiving special educational services have a right to experience a PK-12 science education that fully integrates their presence. Inclusive science experiences go beyond removing barriers and create learning environments that leverage student interest, identity and ability. This webinar explores how instruction can enable deep and meaningful science learning for students receiving special education services. 
Indigenous Knowledge and Science Teaching
Students explore a tidal area. Two point at something in the kelp.
We've collected resources to help science educators honor and elevate Indigenous ways of knowing and to support Native learners. This collection includes 27 resources from many amazing educators and projects. Explore them on Pinterest.
What are STEM Teaching Tools?
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STEM Teaching Tools are short briefs designed to bring together ideas and resources to address common challenges as educators adopt the new vision for science education in the NRC Framework and resulting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These tools are helping thousands of educators across the country align their teaching with best practices from both research and teaching.  

STEM Teaching tools are:

  • co-written by researchers and educators.
  • easily downloadable as PDFs.
  • updated regularly at, with new briefs created in response to educator needs.
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