Allocate at least 5 hours in the field to support this assignment.
While your mentor teacher is working with the rest of the class, engage with the small group of students that was identified in Topic 3 on an engineering or STEM lesson or activity. Use your differentiated and engagement strategies where you see fit.
After the engineering or STEM lesson or activity, in 250-500 words, summarize and reflect upon your experiences being sure to:
- Describe your initial conversation with the mentor teacher, including how the small group was chosen.
- Describe each differentiation and engagement strategy you planned, explaining your choices in relation to the needs of students within the small group.
- Reflect upon your experience using the identified strategies with the small group during the science lesson or activity.
- Discuss how the lesson incorporated engineering into the main content area. What field of engineering did the lesson support?
- Discuss how the mentor teacher may have integrated engineering with math and science together. If there was no integration, how would you integrate these three subject areas?
- Explain how you will use your findings in your future professional practice
In addition to the above activity and reflection, speak with your mentor teacher about assisting during another upcoming lesson to help you prepare for the Topic 6 assignment. This lesson should be a STEM lesson or activity; preferably one that incorporates technology. With your mentor teacher, decide if you will target the same small group of students, select a new group of students, or if you may teach to the entire class. Ask your mentor teacher which state standards and learning objectives he or she will be using so you can prepare a lesson for the class or small group.
Spend any remaining field experience hours for this topic observing and/or assisting your mentor teacher with instructional tasks in the classroom.
APA format is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.