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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Learning moving full STEAM ahead by Sherry Durham

Photo: Sherry Durham
Sherry Durham, Head of School for St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School reports, "During the information age, our nation’s schools have been teaching to the left side of the brain. Information is presented logically, sequentially and analytically. Even with the shift from traditional industries to information systems of programming, coding and computerized data, the lessons continue for the left brain learners."

Students who learn best using the left side of the brain are destined for success. These individuals are equipped and prepared for success in the jobs and expectations of the world in which they live.

However, the world is changing and so are the expectations and needs for a well-prepared work force.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by Daniel H. Pink

According to author Daniel Pink’s writings in “A Whole New Mind: Right Brained People Will Rule the World,” we are moving from the information age to a conceptual age powered by inventive, empathetic and big-picture thinking individuals — in other words, people who use the right side of their brains to learn and solve problems. Pink argues for a refocused system of education with a need to teach students how to think creatively and view problem solving abstractly. These skills build a base for creativity and teach innovation.

Student preparation for success through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) instruction and integration is a given for today’s learners. These are the above-mentioned left-brained students’ forte.
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Source: Lufkin Daily News