The Solution For Secondary Principals
In the next 10 years it is estimated that there will be over 821,000 STEM job openings. Yet, during the COVID-19 pandemic, K-12 students experienced significant learning loss in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). School closures, remote learning challenges, and reduced access to hands-on experiences, have had a profound impact on students’ engagement and progress in these critical subjects. As a result, many students have struggled to maintain their enthusiasm for STEM subjects and may have fallen behind in terms of knowledge and skills. Addressing this learning loss will require targeted interventions, such as innovative instructional approaches, increased access to digital resources, and hands-on experiences that can reignite students’ passion for STEM and help them bridge the gaps created by the pandemic.
Cultivating a math-positive culture is essential to improving math learning and supporting our students for long-term success in the workplace. Real-world connections encourage a growth mindset among students, emphasizing that mathematical skills can be developed with practice and persistence. Activities that showcase the applicability of math in real-world situations enhance students’ interest and engagement. By reducing math anxiety, we can nurture a passion for math, boost student engagement, and ultimately, elevate math learning outcomes.