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New Videos Spotlight Effective Teaching Practices

January 24, 2015

New documentary-style Spotlight Videos that demonstrate effective classroom practices for teaching the award-winning curriculum, Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), are now available for free to stream on the project website: The inquiry-based curriculum was developed at the Museum of Science, Boston's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®).

"Many elementary teachers feel uncomfortable teaching science and engineering," says Martha Davis, EiE's videography project manager. "Spotlight Videos showcase best-practice teaching strategies teachers can use to address the challenges that may come up during engineering activities." Candid footage, captured in elementary schools across the country, shows what teachers say and how they interact with students when teaching EiE lessons. (See photo, right.)

EiE's age-appropriate engineering design challenges -- such as engineering a parachute or a knee brace -- are designed to be open-ended, with multiple solutions. Teaching this kind of lesson calls for specific ways of teaching. For example, if students engineer a device but it doesn't work as expected, the Spotlight Video "Asking Good Questions" demonstrates questioning strategies a teacher can use to help students troubleshoot on their own instead of getting the answer from the teacher. "Dealing with Data" helps teachers understand why some experiments don't deliver expected results -- and how to turn those unexpected outcomes into teachable moments.

The new Spotlights join EiE's large online library of How-To Videos, which offer tips for lesson prep, and Classroom Videos which show teachers EiE lessons being taught in a real classroom. All of these videos are available at EiE's video initiative is supported by a grant from Cognizant to develop tools that help teachers effectively implement the EiE curriculum.

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