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September 18, 2020

STEM is blooming and now is the time for educators to nurture their blooms! STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Though STEM has been around educational arenas for some time now, many educators are still grappling with a new idea that our students should be actively engaged in STEM subjects everyday, in every way, in every lesson! From my perspective, as an active proponent of STEM, I believe we should embrace (and nurture) STEM. And, to be sure all the talents and abilities of our students are included, proponents of STEM have also included the Arts in STEM. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics!

So, I suppose the next step in the process of assuring we are 'nurturing our STEM blooms is to identity what I mean by 'blooms'. I will also share a few ideas on how to nurture those blooms. 

For a deeper understanding of what I mean by STEM BLOOMS, and because I will use my creative license to whet your appetite about STEM, my acronym for 'blooms' will be:

B -  Begin - begin looking at ways to include ALL students in acquiring STEM skills. There is a disproportionate amount of students of color engaged in studying STEM subjects as well as in seeking STEM jobs upon graduation. This disproportionate number also includes notable differences in boys to girls who study STEM subjects and in men to women who seek careers in STEM subjects.

L - Look - look at the student outcomes currently in place and mobilize effective teaching initiatives across all curriculum areas to assure students have access to high quality STEM programs.

O - Organize - organize programs that effectively meet students where they are in the learning process, and then take them beyond where they believe they can go in developing and attaining STEM specific skills.

O - Onboard - assure that the on-boarding practices for newly hired or novice educators encourage them to have the moxie to embrace STEM, and to believe that STEM is not something to fear or be uncomfortable about, but that being engaged in STEM is something to treasure; and, then assure practices are in place that support novice educators.

M - Motivate - even though motivating students to take STEM courses is a great idea, inspiring intrinsic motivation may get us the most bang for our bucks, so to speak. Students should want to interact with STEM classes because the thought of not being involved or engaged in STEM subjects is more frightening than actually being engaged in STEM subjects.

S - Show - show students how acquiring and applying STEM skills connect them to the world and even beyond our world!

So, using the BLOOMS ideas mentioned above, we as STEM educators, can begin to nurture our blooms. 

This blog has been a fun activity. Hopefully, as I continue developing my blog skills, you will note even better ones! LOL! Let us all laugh daily!


Our Second Blog Entry

February 14, 2020

Being an author is a dream that I've had for many years. Some publish their work all the time, others are just getting started, and then there is me! I have books that I wrote for children from the 80's. That's right, I said the 80's. They have been in my garage collecting dust. But, I have decided to gather them up, dust them off and do whatever I need to do to get them published. 

So with laser like focus, I am beginning the process to be a published author! Wish me luck!

Our First Blog Entry

January 15, 2020

Welcome to KEDE's first blog. 


Well, that's it...I will have to read up on blogging...LOL!