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Case 2 Journal Articles

Tara, O., Lisa, Y., Justin, Y., & Susan, T. ( 2012). Teaching STEM means teacher learning. Phi
Delta Kappa International, Vol. 94 (1), PP. 36-38,40.
This journal studies the research and process three teachers in Kauai as they went
about implementing the STEM disciplines into their classes. They discover that doing so is not
as easy as they thought and in many ways they had learn new ways of teaching and
implementing information into their work. For our group, this was some important insight of
possible pitfalls that we should be wary of and in the process of preparing to be teachers learn
how to structure our work in order to confront those same problems. However, the direct effect
of this journal was in our lesson development. We specifically chose multiple medias to
introduce information and “hands-on” activities to engage students. In doing so, I believe that
our lesson plan was better thought out and structured in order to prevent similar problems to
those found in this journal.

Toni, M. S., Padmanabhan, S. H., Nathalia. P., Jennifer, M. S., Graham, B. H., & Laurena, K. C.
( 2013). Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School: Exploring Slope with Stairs &
Steps. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Vol. 18 ( 6), pp. 370-377).
This article includes a few different types of STEM lessons and activities that could
potentially be done with a group of students in order to help them grasp the ideas of different
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics standards. We feel that this article is well
written and give great examples of activities to do with students. There are quite a few
references in this article to outside research that makes me believe that this is a fully reliable
article and I would consider doing some of these activities with my students. Another reason we
believe this article is reliable is because it comes from the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics. This council researches and develops many different ways for teachers to help
their students better understand the content.
One of the great things about this particular article is the fact that they include pictures of the
stairs and steps in order to help students better grasp the concept of rise over run, slope. When
talking us through the different activities, the authors of this article do a nice job of adding in
work done by students that will help us as teachers see what students might think while working
on these activities. There is almost always more than one example of a students work, this is
helpful because we can see that there is definitely a high chance that the students in our
classrooms might take different approaches to these activities and we need to be aware of that.