The I Heart STEAM Teacher Podcast

Bonnie Kirkley

Learn about my adventures in STEM/STEAM and Project-Based Learning when you listen to the I Heart STEAM Teacher Podcast. I will share the good, the bad, and the joyful with you on my mission with a team of educators creating the ultimate STEAM certified school! Anything and everything you will ever need to know about STEM/STEAM and project-based learning will be shared right here in the I Heart STEAM Teacher Podcast.Hey y'all! I'm Bonnie Kirkley anSTEAM Educational Coach and Consultant. I help Elementary Teachers and Administrators create classrooms that grow STEM or STEAM as a community culture, so that they can foster students who will become creative critical thinkers engaged in Project-Based Learning which allows for deeper insight and understanding to take place across ALL the core subjects. I believe that now more than ever our students need to develop their own creativity, critical thinking, collaboration with peers, and communication skills beyond their comfort zone.-We have all been taking for granted what our students ACTUALLY understand and know for a long time. read less
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Summer STEM for Looking at the Skies with Slooh
May 12 2022
Summer STEM for Looking at the Skies with Slooh
Looking at the skies just got the kind of million dollar makeover we all dream of! Listeners of all types....teachers, parents, and ANYONE on this PLANET, get ready for the kind of space tech at your fingertips we thought was CLASSIFIED!!Meet Mike from Slooh! Michael Paolucci is an internet entrepreneur and a pioneer of online advertising, as well as online video editing, online labor marketplaces, and social astronomy. Michael is currently the founder and CEO of Slooh, a digital education platform teaching students to explore space via a network of online telescopes. He holds a patent for live astronomy.Funded in part by a National Science Foundation grant, Slooh brings the wonders of space exploration to upper elementary through post-secondary students around the world with The Online Telescope for Teachers. For almost 20 years, the company has provided the ability to view space phenomena, capture observational data, and engage in gamified learning through its patented user-controlled network of online telescopes in the Canary Islands and Chile. The company additionally provides robust professional development to help educators drive student learning. Slooh also recently announced The Online Telescope for Families which enables families to explore, capture, and analyze more than 1,000 real-world space objects and events using professional-grade technology together – all from the comfort of their homes. I literally haven't seen anything like this and said, "YES!" I took my own photographs of the crescent moon last week! Yep, that's right my own images that are stored on the Slooh Library in my dashboard. Don't walk... RUN to Slooh and get started! Find the link below:https://www.education.slooh.com/familiesFollow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SloohEDU Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/slooh/Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SloohLive/ Let's light up Slooh on May 15 at 9:30 PM Eastern and join in their community celebration!Ready for more STEM/STEAM to transform your classroom? STEAM University is open and more affordable than EVER! Go ahead and start planning for a classroom filled with wonder, joy, and 21st century learners by signing up at: https://teach.iheartsteam.com/steam
Dear Education... You're Breaking My Heart
Feb 9 2022
Dear Education... You're Breaking My Heart
In every episode of the I Heart STEAM Teacher Podcast, I make it a point to provide useful and completely positive information.My heart has been heavy for a few years with the directions public education is moving into, but this year takes the cake. So today.... I am discussing quite a few topics that WE should ALL stop for just a moment and think about a little bit.So.. DEAR EDUCATION, It's time we talked.This isn't a total rant. It's a thoughtful hmmmmmm.... Has common sense and proven researched brain and age appropriate learning styles our teachers need to be using just taken a U-turn upon seeing the Krispy Kreme "Hot Now" sign lit up on the road to sound educational practices.... and forgotten to leave those wonderful treasures found in the Krispy Kreme shop to find their way back to us?I would love to know your thoughts on the episode topics! Drop an email to bonnie@iheartsteam.com anytime! As promised in the episode, my two best management strategies for independent learning and listening/speaking skills are ready for you to download! Grab them here. Yes, they are so simple.... How could this work? Friends.... simple isn't always a bad thing. I see you glittery teacher with sparkly management tools and routines in your classroom, but I will sit and get to know my students more while they just follow two simple guidelines that work, work, work, and you can keep applying more glitter! Side note: I like glitter, too!Listening and Speaking Skills Strategy Poster/ Independent Activity Movement Strategy Poster
STEM Gifts Obsession List: Curated Just for the TEACHER!
Nov 24 2021
STEM Gifts Obsession List: Curated Just for the TEACHER!
STEM gifts obsession list has arrived! I like to think of myself as an extreme curator. Without a doubt, one of my favorite things to do is share new ideas with other teachers, as well. These two characteristics go hand in hand so I have curated a list of ALL my STEM product obsessions just for the teacher… That’s right. Not what to buy the kids, but what will make this teacher have the BEST DAY EVER with students! Delivered to you today in 5 categories. These obsessions make ME happy, students learn and explore with curiosity, and they are classroom approved must-haves!If you missed last year’s list, take a peek here!Read more about all of these goodies on the blog!The Must-Haves ListScotch Laminator - Gotta get that!IKEA Tubs - At $2.99.. did I just say $2.99? This is most spacious tub for storing a STEM center with sections inside!Wooden Trays - You can't have enough of these! So useful.. and I love natural wood.Peppermint Jar - Clears the head and engages the senses. My students are allowed to take one when they need it. We love the soft peppermint the best.Blisslight Projector - Do not hang lights again! Create a mood in the room for a lesson or just enjoyment!Splash Mats - LIFE CHANGER!! I use outside with kinetic sand on the mat or inside to catch things and tiny parts!Induction Cooktop - AMAZING! Cooking is one of the best activities for incorporating STEM! We love becoming a play dough making factory!You can my Amazon Affiliate Shop here organized with all the categories!On the bougie side of things... they are talented crafters and educators that deserve a shout out!Tanglewood HollowNature Based ToysAborInspirations on EtsyYoung, Wild, & Friedman
Why Early STEM Instruction is Vital for Brain Development and Creativity
Sep 17 2021
Why Early STEM Instruction is Vital for Brain Development and Creativity
How to develop creativity in the classroom should totally be part of your teacher growth and development list. Yes friends, the time has come to say it out loud. It’s not the easiest skill to work on with students at all. Especially if you feel like you aren’t creative yourself, but that’s NOT true. It takes a plan and some active research. We even need to research this topic on a class by class or student by student basis. Why? It is literally something that we have to unlock, and it may take different approaches. But let’s be clear… being creative or teaching others to be creative just means having one thought inspire another thought!Jump into the episode and get the low down on optimizing for brain functioning at different age levels to improve retention and creativity. I simply love studying concepts of how the brain functions to optimize learning in the classroom. For sure, we all need to dig into it more! The 4 C’s for 21st Century Learning are: CreativityCritical thinkingCollaborationCommunicationYour lesson goals should be to strive for these concepts to be included in your lessons as much as possible! But we don’t always know how to include these in our lessons and especially how to develop creativity. I know you believe creativity is something you have or don’t have, but it’s developed. Yours can be developed, too. Here’s a little something to help you out in the classroom: STEAM Concepts Posters
5 Questions YOU Need to Ask Before Starting STEM Projects
Jul 26 2021
5 Questions YOU Need to Ask Before Starting STEM Projects
Back to school STEM or STE(A)M is a crucial time for all elementary teachers.Why? During the first weeks of school, THIS is when the foundations and fundamentals for a STE(A)M culture can be laid that will benefit all of the core subjects. These foundational posters will help you get started!Yes… all of the core subjects!So how should back to school STEM look? Is it a week of STEM challenges? Is it the start of a STEM project? Actually, back to school STEM doesn’t look like this at all! If you want students to benefit more from the STEM or STE(A)M projects that they work on throughout the year, FIRST they need to get what STE(A)M is. We can’t just say the acronym or say the words like science, engineering, and so on.In this episode, I will share the exact process you should use to begin the school year off with STEM or STEAM. It's so simple... you may thin it's too good to be true! You really must start the year off with back to school STEM this way! So… these definitions listed above… you can grab them here! I’ve got them ready for you to print and use in the classroom!I know you probably need a little more than just a set of definitions for back to school STEM! If you are a Kindergarten or 1st grade teacher, Tiny Minds STEAM is a complete 5 week introduction to STEAM that will really boost their understanding in many areas beyond just STEM. For teachers in grades 2-5, Introduction to STE(A)M is perfect for you and completely integrated into English Language Arts! Back to school STEM is important and sets the precedence for the year! Did you enjoy today's episode? Let us know! Subscribe if we make you happy and leave a review! What do you want to know more about?Thanks for joining us today! Do you I Heart STEAM, too?
Design Thinking in the Classroom: Set it Up Series 3
Apr 10 2021
Design Thinking in the Classroom: Set it Up Series 3
Design Thinking in the classroom actually came to me later than the Engineering Design Process. I must say, I like it a lot! It’s like the cool older brother of the design processes. It doesn’t matter which one of these you use in the classroom when it comes to creating and designing with students. It does matter how you… SET IT UP as a routine for elementary students. Welcome to the Set It Up Series… Episode 3! When it comes to Design Thinking in the classroom, you know, ideas lead to other ideas. We may have to go back to defining the problem. We may even have to go back to ideation from testing. It’s all okay! There is so much flexibility within the design process. Life lessons here will come ten-fold. Every idea counts. Get weird. We can thank the peeps over at IDEO who started this whole thing for us!One of my favorite resources and avenues for creation is Maker’s Empire. Students can use this application to create 3D print designs. You don’t have to do that if you aren’t ready, but go grab some of there handy Design Thinking resources and guides! You will love them! Using this STEAM guide you can start to see how all the design processes can work in a STEAM cultured classroom! Grab it and get started! Come on over to the STEM/STEAM University Facebook group and get even more support and a community to support you!TweetSharePin27Share27SHARES«»Filed Under: UNCATEGORIZEDShop on TPTSTEAM Guide!Art SuppliesMy FAV PlannerBEST KIT EVER!