WHAT IS “THE I-STEM CLASSROOM”?
I-STEM Classroom provides step-by-step guidelines on how to use improvisation techniques and drama techniques to support the learning of STEM subjects.
It provides a set of methods aimed at teaching STEM subjects in post-primary schools. Including classroom activities that provide practical experiences for teachers and students. It supply mechanisms for a more collaborative approach and active participation, building on students’ personal learning for self-directed observation and critical thinking. Creativity in the classroom remains the most potent element for teaching and learning contexts; in drawing from the cognitive, affective and psycho-motive learning channels.
THE I-STEM CLASSROOM PROVIDE A SE T OF METHODS
AIMED AT TEACHING STEM SUBJECTS IN POST – PRIMARY
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CREATIVE TECHNIQUES?
Creativity in the classroom remains the most potent element for teaching and learning contexts; in drawing from the cognitive, affective and psycho-motive learning channels.
- Trust: increase in individual or collective trust.
- Acceptance: can lead to innovative solutions.
- Attentive listening: cultivation of co-operative
- Spontaneity: enhances co-creation in the
- Storytelling: invention and expressive
- Non-verbal communication: enhances
- Valuable for interpersonal skills
- Warm-ups: develop the aforementioned trusting
and safe environments, within which the
students can feel free to explore the world of
1.It is consistent with the characteristics of current genre profiles of learners. This generation has grown up with technology, especially their desire to learn by inductive discovery, experiential experiences and collaborative teaching.
2.It taps into the learners’ multiple and emotional intelligence.
3.It fosters collaborative learning by helping to build trust, respect, and team spirit as well as listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, adlibbing, role-playing, risk-taking and storytelling skills.
4.It promotes deep learning through active engagement with new ideas,concepts or problems, linking the activities or tasks to prior learning, applying the content to real-life applications, and evaluating the logic and evidence.
FOR TEACHERS, THE I-ST EM PROJECT OFFERS A RANGE OF TEACHING TECHNIQUES, TOOLS AND TIPS ON HOW TO SUPPORT INCLUSIVE TEACHING IN STEM DISCIPLINES.
WHO HAS DEVEOPED THE I-STEM CLASSROOM?
The I-Stem Classroom is based on a professional collaboration between the following partners: Diaconia University of Applied Sciences (DIAK) in Helsinki (Finland), the Trinity Access Research Group at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), The Gaiety School of Acting, The National Theatre School of Ireland, Dublin (Ireland), Varsztatovnia, Warsaw (Poland), post-primary school teachers and young people from St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rush (Ireland), LXVII Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. Jana Nowaka-Jezioranskiego, Warsaw (Poland) and Piter Jelles Leeuwarder Lyceum, Leeuwarden (Netherlands).
The I-Stem Classroom was tested in Dublin in November 2022 with students from all three schools.
HOW TO USE THE TOOLKIT
The I-Stem Classroom has been divided into 3 separate parts:
PART 1 – I-STEM Classroom Creative Techniques
These can be used in any class for any topic to give energy and focus
PART 2 – Masterclasses
Developed by teachers for teachers, in this section you will find information about how to access the online Masterclasses
PART 3 – Lesson Plans
Lesson plans on specific topics have been developed for you to use as
examples on how to integrate ISTEM learning into the classroom.