This is one of the most common questions that math teachers get asked. While some teachers find this question a nuisance, I think it is actually one of the best inquiries a student can make. I believe that students learn best when they have a genuine interest in and purpose for the material they’re learning. One way that I generate interest and purpose in math class is by having students complete math projects. Let me bring the term “math project” to life by walking you through our most recent one.
Junior Kindergarten naturally incorporates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) throughout the school day. This solid foundation for a Rossman education is built through play and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. As teachers, we provide the materials and initiate the activities, but it is important to know when to step back and allow a child’s natural curiosity, interest and problem solving skills to take over. Excitement for learning is evident as the...Read more
STEAM is a buzz word in art education. It refers to adding art and design into the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The goal is for these subjects to work together and influence innovation among students. It is exciting to see how cross-curricular work can help students make connections, ask good questions and discover more about different subjects.
After seeing a display of artwork at the University of Michigan with the subject matter of scientific cells, I was inspired to see how Rossman’s science and art curriculum could work together to create a STEAM...Read more
The Senior Kindergarten class last year embarked on a journey offering every student an opportunity to learn and implement computer science. While offering opportunities in critical thinking, logic, persistence and creativity, students are learning to excel in every subject!
When Becky Taylor, Rossman’s technology coordinator, invited us to look into this program, we quickly embraced the values and are taking further steps to implement coding into our process of learning. Oftentimes we refer to “...Read more
Outstanding ability in mathematics recently earned Rossman School sixth graders Alex Bahr, Christopher Braggs, Grant Dahl, Ryan Hardwick, Jason Klutho, and Jonathan Lee the ranking of first place in the Missouri Math League Annual Sixth Grade Contest. The six-member team, generated by combining the school’s top personal test scores, outperformed 24 other Missouri schools to obtain the state champion title. The win is the third in Rossman’s history, the first two having been in 2006 and 2014. Individually, the students on this year’s first place team ranked second (tie), 9th, 11th, and 17th...Read more
Rossman strives to provide a traditional education with innovation. Woven throughout the school’s program are innovative projects such as the sixth grade symbolizing heroes through ceramic art pieces, the third grade building rotational symmetry with LEGOs in art, and the fifth grade experimenting in science with motorized Scribble Bot machines to name a few. Innovation occurs when teachers communicate and inspire each other with new ideas.
Summer is the perfect time to continue innovative projects for children. Passions can be captured, and there is time to “play”, create,...Read more
STEM is a popular buzzword in the education world lately. It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Recently an “A,” for Art, has been added to the acronym, transforming it into STEAM. Most often, people think of STEM for middle and high school aged children, however it can be implemented in the elementary grade levels. Research studies have shown students who experience STEM early through hands on learning will be best equipped with a strong understanding of STEM concepts as they grow older.
STEM in the elementary classroom can be as simple as changing the types of...Read more
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