Osseo Students Turn into STEM Teachers
NOTE: This story has been updated and corrected from the video version that first aired on June 6, 2019.
Science and technology can be challenging topics for some students. One elementary school is allowing students to teach their favorite STEM subjects to other students.
“Two years ago our department changed its name from Gifted ED to TAG,” says Kim LeClaire, Fernbrook Elementary gifted education teacher. “The whole purpose of changing the labeling was to include more children and give them more exposure to enrichment activities.”
The students learned how to code, make ice cream using science and many other STEM related activities. The students who were teaching their peers say the experience has helped them learn as well.
“I learned how to teach and what they respond to well and what they don’t,” says fifth grader Chloe Brown.
LeClaire wanted the students to learn more about leadership. Students say learning how to lead was their favorite part of teaching.
“I think teaching helps me be more of a leader in a group,” says fifth grader Sydney Lieser. “I think it also helped me become a better listener.”
This was the first year of the program, but LeClaire hopes it will continue.