STEM Collaboration

Madeleine Wright, Library Media Specialist; Molly Horn, Chemistry Teacher; and Ryanne Dennis, Math Teacher, participated as fellows for the School Librarians Advancing STEM Learning project. We were one of seven New Hampshire School Districts involved for the first year of a three year project.  The project is led by ISKME, Institute for the study of Knowledge Management in Education. ISKME has partnered with Granite State College, The New Hampshire of Department of Education and the New Hampshire Institute of Higher Education. The American Association of School Librarians endorsed the project and a grant was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The purpose is to foster collaboration between school librarians and stem teachers by creating literacy-focused STEM lessons for K-12. We attended a two day Academy at Granite State College to learn how to use the resources  from ISKME 's digital library, OER Commons. The Commons contains reviewed and vetted resources that are free and available for integrating and remixing into lessons. It took us about five months to co-plan, co-create and publish our collaborative lesson on the Vaccine Debate. 

If you would like more information about  ISKME's project, read Amee Evens Goodwin article: School Librarians and STEM in the Digital Age: Faculty Advance a New Program Integrating OER. 

Our Experience

  • Molly Horn
    As a chemistry teacher, I am always looking for ways to connect chemistry to the outside world, as many of the topics are difficult for students to understand. This project gave me a new way to look at chemistry and its connections and to really use them to help students see a wider, chemistry-filled world. I got the chance to work with two other staff members that each had their own perspectives and experiences, which added more depth to the project than I could ever have done alone.
    Posted Oct 26, 2015, 4:50 AM by Molly Horn
  • Ryanne Dennis
    As a math teacher, I often find myself falling into the habit of routine lessons delivered in routine fashion. This project allowed me, rather forced me, to be more creative in my lesson planning, and provided me with two great resources to do so! I don't think I've ever utilized the Library Media Specialist in any of my lesson planning in the past, as I never saw a need for the library in a math course. This project really highlighted some of the benefits of working with the Library Media Specialist. Additionally, this project was a great way to work with two colleagues in my building with whom I would not normally interact. I was able to learn from their personal teaching styles and techniques, and we were able to split up the work, which was another added benefit. I think this project, although challenging at times, was a great way to collaborate and learn more about utilizing our resources.
    Posted Oct 22, 2015, 10:37 AM by Ryanne Dennis
  • Madeleine Wright
    Library Media Specialist tend to work more with English and social studies teachers. It was great to work with Molly and Ryanne on a STEM project that incorporated biology, chemistry, math and social sciences. I found it challenging and exciting to research and gather sources that combined both math and science.I found Molly's and Ryanne's feedback  on the usefulness of resources I collected to be invaluable.  
    We each brought our subject expertise to the project and had to figure out how we could  collaborate to create a plan that could be used by both a science class and a math class. The project made me more confident  that I am a valuable resource for STEM classes. The best part of the project was developing a closer working relationship with Molly and Ryanne.  I think we each helped each other learn more about our individual subjects and strengths. I would love to work on another project with them.  
    Posted Oct 22, 2015, 4:35 AM by Madeleine Wright
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