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PRNP The Reflective STEM Practitioner: Looking Back, Moving Forward Stronger!
Saturday, June 18, 2016
On Saturday, June 18, Drexel University opened the doors of their new LEED certified Papadakis Integrated Science Building to over 60 Philadelphia area STEM educators. The theme of the day…The Reflective STEM Practitioner…was kicked off by Carol Rulli (PRNP) and Sandi Richards (Philadelphia Ed. Fund) as they encouraged teachers to think about and write about in their brand new journals, the past school year and what they would like to improve in their instruction for the next school year. Educator and Author, Howard Glasser (The Feedback Loop), introduced teachers to a tool they could use for in-action, for-action and on-action reflection and growth. And then…after taking a serious look at the importance of reflection on practice….the fun began! From hands-on workshops exploring veggies, electro-chemistry, K’nex fractals, planaria and the mole to intense conversations around “Math for All” and issues of equity in the classroom, the importance of literacy in the STEM Classroom and planning and pedagogy for diverse learners, and much more….participants spent a full day looking inward and reaching out to other STEM teachers. Staying to the end had its rewards too! Lucky participants went home with flip cameras, autographed copies of The Feedback Loop, and a T shirt and membership to Women and Math Education! Here are some of the program highlights!
Visit our Resources /Lesson Links section to find a link to our Goggle Docs Resource Folder where we have uploaded lessons and resources for the various workshops that were presented at the PRNP Reflective STEM Practitioner professional development day as well as from past professional development events!
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Featured Scholar – Patrick Yoka
Mr. Patrick Yoka is a Noyce Scholar who graduated from Temple University with a B.S. in Mathematics with Teaching. The “with Teaching” distinction that appears on his degree is a result of his participation in the TUteach program at Temple. It is a curriculum designed to guide science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors towards teaching. With a math degree, teaching certification, and support from Noyce, Pat is well prepared for the challenges of a third year teacher.
Pat feels very fortunate to be teaching in the area where he grew up. He currently runs the Advanced Math program at Saint Francis Xavier School, a Catholic grade school in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Pat tries to keep his middle school students motivated by challenging them on a daily basis. In his second year at Saint Francis Xavier, Pat’s classes are going through some exciting changes. There has been an infusion of technology under the Connelly Foundation’s Math Matters initiative. Since September, Pat’s fifth graders have been a part of a virtual classroom with students from two other schools: Saint Monica in South Philadelphia and Saint Laurentius in Fishtown. The students at all three sites have done a phenomenal job adjusting to the virtual classroom. Pat is looking forward to building the Math Matters program in the coming years.