This post was written by Lesley Anderson, a 2021-22 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress is hosting a series of three STEM-related webinars for educators this Spring.
Registration is open for the second in the series that will take place May 5 on Primary Source Visible Thinking Strategies for the STEM classroom. This interactive session will focus on primary source analysis strategies to encourage students to revisit and revise their thinking as new information becomes available. We’ll demonstrate how using primary sources can help students develop and revise their thinking, and provide both free resources for teachers to use immediately and an opportunity for participants to reflect on how to use these strategies in their STEM classes.
We will focus on a primary source connecting math and history and on an activity featured in a previous blog post about oil spills. We will demonstrate the Zoom In, Zoom Out method for primary source analysis, paired with hands-on activities that can be used in a Kindergarten class or scaled up to high school and post-secondary. These demonstrations will help solidify mathematical and scientific concepts and encourage students to use academic vocabulary across disciplines.
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