Managing Groups During STEM
Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will manage behavior of youth during STEM activities.
As a result of ongoing, consistent professional development efforts, frontline staff and volunteers will be able to:
- Manipulate the activity structure, environment and interactions in order to contribute to youth learning.
- Recognize and highlight positive youth behavior.
- Design compelling STEM learning activities to motivate student participation.
Staff Development Guides
Staff development guides are designed for coaches and trainers to use when providing professional development to frontline staff or volunteers. These downloadable step-by-step professional development guides include agendas, social and experiential learning activities, videos learning modules, supporting documents and handouts. The guides available below are designed to support the skill Encouraging Collaboration. For more information about Staff Development Guides, please visit About Staff Development Guides.
Participants will identify and try out strategies for positive group management in STEM.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSkill:Situation:Meeting (small group)Length:20 minutes
Participants will engage with water droplet races to learn to manage groups during STEM.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Training (large group)Length:75 minutes
Participants will compare management versus control in order to positively manage groups for learning.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Meeting (small group)Length:20 minutes
Participants will play "What If?" to learn to support youth through positive group management.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will watch Building Relationships for STEM Video-Based Learning Module to learn how to support positive youth interactions.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Coaching (one-on-one)Length:15 minutes
Participants will plan an activity with Tangrams to learn to manage groups during STEM.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMSituation:Training (large group)Length:90 minutes
Self-Directed Web Lessons
Click2Science Web Lessons offer self-directed, on-demand professional development for frontline staff and volunteers. Web Lessons are hosted on Penn State Extension Better Kid Care learning management system. To complete a Click2Science Web Lesson, please review our instructions for accessing lessons on Better Kid Care. For more information about self-directed Web Lessons, please visit About Web Lessons.
Managing active children during science and engineering projects can be challenging even for seasoned out-of-school time staff. Learn how to structure STEM experiences and space for the most positive group interactions and learning. Through the advice of experts and front line staff, this module provides resources for safe, engaging group time during STEM experiences. Planning checklists and several activity instructions are included in this module.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEM
Click2Science hosts virtual professional development webinars each month focused on out-of-school time learning environments. STEM, professional development best practices, and other relevant events. All webinars are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. The recorded, on-demand webinars below are designed to support the skill. Encouraging Collaboration. For more on-demand webinars or to register for an upcoming webinar, please visit our Webinar page.
Learn how coaching can help your staff develop strategies to manage STEM learning experience. Click2Science coaching resources support staff in understanding how their setting, activity structure, and interactions with youth contribute to behavior and learning. This webinar will focus on how you can use coaching in your program to help staff develop and implement practices to effectively manage groups.Strategy:Supporting Youth Development Through STEMDate:January 10, 2018