Mount Airy City Schools held its Second Annual STEAM Institute recently, with included an afternoon ﬁlled with learning, creating, and brainstorming, according to Carrie Venable, public information officer for Mount Airy City Schools.
Teachers across the district attended sessions of their choice based around the integration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Each session was led other city teachers who facilitated a sessions to show how the STEAM concept was being used in their class and in programs across the district.
“What a wonderful afternoon for our teachers to see from their peers the incredible things happening in our school district,” said Greg Little, school system superintendent. “Seeing how STEAM has been implemented across grade levels is so exciting. My favorite thing about the day is watching teachers engaged in learning, smiling, and having fun.”
Sessions included a showcase of the Richard Childress Racing partnership, reports from the students’ trip to China, problem/project-based learning, Minecraft, Language Leaders (a dual language immersion program at Tharrington Primary School), engineering in the elementary grades, uses of the circle in learning and the brain, higher order thinking and questions for STEAM.
Kim Morrison, chief academic and innovation officer, celebrated the way teachers learn from other teachers. “We really want to engage teachers as learners and help them understand how our students feel and how they learn best. My favorite quote from the institute was the high school teacher who said, ‘This is the best professional development ever.’”
Mount Airy High School advance placement biology teacher Jon Carpenter said, “I thought the sessions were relevant and a great snapshot of how the staff of the Mount Airy City School system are helping to mold students into innovative problem-solvers who are ready for their future.”
The school district has been progressing to their vision that “All Mount Airy City Schools students will think critically,.
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