I am an English teacher:
- I have no science training. How can I teach my students about the science behind the projects?
The tasks involve varying levels of complexity so chose tasks that you feel you can cope with. STEM Ginger Education will offer links and background information and you can also sign up for a workshop to learn more about implementing the project work.
I am a science teacher:
- Some of my students speak better English than I do. How can I possibly teach them through English?
There are many strategies you can use in the classroom to limit and control (for want of a better word!) the English your students use. Check out ‘Tips for implementing CLIL’ in my blog ‘CLIL: The good, the bad and the not so ugly’ for some ideas.
Keep the language within comfortable constraints for you personally in the class and, if the students are capable of more, they can hand in more for The Environmental Warrior project. As a teacher, you can also book in for some support sessions with STEM Ginger Education, or follow a course on implementing CLIL.
- Some of my students are good at English, some are not. Some are good at science, some have real difficulties. How can I use your resources with such heterogeneous groups of students?
STEM Ginger Education offers various tasks (Earth, Fire, Air) so that students (and teachers) can work on tasks they know and feel they are capable of. Also, think about putting your students into groups of mixed ability so they can help and support each other.
I am a parent (or educator):
- How can I get my children interested and involved in STEM and environmental awareness?
The Environmental Warriors aims to make tasks real and relevant so that environmental awareness is something tangible for younger people. Keep an eye on the STEM Ginger Education blog where classroom and home activities will be available on a regular basis.
I am a director:
- What resources do you provide for teachers (not science or English teachers!) that are using CLIL?
Get in touch and I will send you a link to a Google Doc where teachers of different subjects can share CLIL materials they create. Share resources you use to make every CLIL teacher’s life a little easier.
- How can my various subject teachers effectively teach in a language that is not their mother-tongue?
Don’t worry about using your L1 when need be – the important things are learning and, as much as possible, enjoying the learning. If a child is stressed because they don’t understand the English, they won’t learn anything, so translate and encourage them to learn and use words to begin with. Check out ‘Tips for implementing CLIL’ in my blog ‘CLIL: The good, the bad and the not so ugly’ for some ideas.
- Are the resources you provide inter-disciplinary?
Definitely! The more teachers can work together with their students, the more effective and enjoyable the learning will be. An art teacher can work on the presentation of the project; a maths teacher could work with interpreting statistics gathered. There are so many options – be creative and be inclusive!
I am a primary school teacher:
- Can I use your resources?
Yes, you can, though you may need to adapt activities for your learners. The tasks are inclusive and adaptable so that children of all ages and cognitive abilities can take part.