And the big thing for me - with 2 days out of 8 done is a new mantra to repeat - that STEM has M (math) in the STE part too. Meaning that the STE part can have a huge impact on my students - a bigger impact in their ability to problem solve, their ability to be ready for the world versus just doing M.
So a question discussed was: are you a STEM teacher? The question followed the story of a 5th grade teacher using STEM to teach Math (and her need to teach parents that M is STE). And my answer today is I am a math teacher who has large STEM projects. I integrate STEM into math as I can but I rely on the projects I assign to do STEM things (and also the math practices). For me the next step is continuously improving my lessons to include more STE - to teach more math concepts.The practices we want are there in the STE part and any math room will always have M - so a message to myself : keep pushing the STE part. Keep finding the projects, keep making the math learning happening through discovery. Keep using a holistic approach and make each class just a little bit better (continuous improvement).