STEM ELA: Get Started Now

The educational world loves STEM right now. Or is it STEAM? Or STREAM? New disciplines keep getting added. Well, today we're adding English.

It's easy to incorporate some of the great things about STEM into your ELA curriculum. Here are four ways to try it out.


Art + Poetry: Poetry Collage

When I open a poetry unit, I'm always hoping to catch my students by surprise. Make them realize they like poetry before we even open our poetry books. That way, their minds are open and I have a chance to help them fall in love with some of the great canonical poets. 

One of my favorite openers is to have students create a poetry collage using striking images they find in modern poets' work. I send them on an online journey through Billy Collins' beautiful project, Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools


Get Started with Genius Hour this Year

Do you find yourself searching for that one project that would truly engage your students? That would empower them to explore their passions? Do you sometimes feel that despite the many ways you are trying to creatively engage them, you just can't reach everyone? 

Enter, genius hour. 20 time. Passion projects.

It doesn't matter what you call it, Google's idea of giving their employees twenty percent of their working hours to work on related projects of their own devising is sweeping through education like the stomach flu through your classroom. Except it's awesome.


One-Pagers Roundup: Examples to Inspire

So you keep hearing about one-pagers, but you're not really sure if you want to try them out. In this post, you can see some of the amazing examples teachers have shared with me in the last few weeks. You can use these beautiful pieces to introduce one-pagers to your students, or just peruse them to give you an idea of how this project might play out in your classroom.

If you are new to one-pagers, and would like to read a full how-to post, you can check that out here.

If you know you want to get started, but you aren't sure what directions to give your students, you can  get four free templates (as shown in the first example below) with complete instructions here. 

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