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Assessment is an ongoing process that needs to take place all the time. All educators, mentors, parents, and coaches assess their students, mentees, children, athletes…..that’s how they can plan their own next steps and make sure they are being as helpful as they can be. Assessment is not evaluation, rather it is a means by which teachers can sit with their students and see where they are in their thinking. In fact, the word comes from the Latin “assidere” meaning to sit beside. Assess your students in a fun yet valuable way using the quick and easy personalized STEM image that we are inviting all to use for their own purposes and in their own ways -#STEMlens. We’ve even developed a rubric you can use! Have students find real-world examples of fractions, ratios, forces, geometry, and more in their own homes, campuses, and neighborhoods. This can be a quick homework assignment, a unit assessment, group assessments or anything else you come up with!

Learn more about creating and sharing #STEMLens photos or videos here. Share how you used the #STEMlens movement in your classroom or out of school learning community – we’d love to hear!

Remember – “Learners need endless feedback more than they need endless teaching” (Grant Wiggins). We hope that #STEMlens will help learners and their teachers by providing convenient, constructive, and enjoyable ways to demonstrate learning and provide an easy vehicle for feedback to students. We hope you will share your #STEMlens with us on social media or in the comments!

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About the Founder & CEO

Dr. Koshi Dhingra has dedicated her career to STEM education and is passionate about having every child live up to their potential. Seeing a lack of girls and other underrepresented youth in STEM programs, she founded talkSTEM in 2015 to address the imbalance. She has a doctorate in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University, has years of experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs, and has held leadership roles in universities. She advises and collaborates with a broad range of educational institutions globally. Dr. Dhingra began her career teaching science in middle and high school in New York. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

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