Looking for a jumpstart with STEM integrated instruction? Think about involving parents and the community in classroom activities. Surveying parent talents and skills is a great place to start. You can actually find a place for all parents regardless of past work experience. Be creative! Enlisting parents as STEM helpers includes community workers naturally. So – how to enlist these helpers? A note explaining STEM and the need for parent involvement in STEM instruction will help. List some talents that could help students and STEM learning in the classroom. Some might be:
- Lawn maintenance
- Hospital worker
- Office worker, etc.
Parents may feel that their abilities won’t help in the classroom but a brief description of how they can serve is a real motivator to get all involved. Don’t forget Career Day in November! This might just be the perfect day to STEM recruit!!