A truly one of a kind professional development experience, the Next Generation STEM Classroom is comprised of two segments: the Fishbowl and the RECAP.
First, the Outreach Director/Specialist models best practices by teaching a STEM lesson to a class of students with teachers from multiple grade levels observing around the room; this is called the “Fishbowl”. After the class is over, the teachers and CINSAM staff go to another room for the second segment, the “RECAP”, to break down the lesson for best practices in STEM teaching and to look for ways to apply it to their own teaching. “RECAP” stands for “Reflection and Exploration of Content, Alignment, and Pedagogy”.
The teachers and curriculum specialists attending are then responsible for taking the lessons back to their schools to share with their students and the teachers that did not get to attend. This two-tiered professional learning community model—where directly participating teachers and administrators help train other teachers in a teacher lead model—is further supported by CINSAM online.
CINSAM films the professional development sessions and then makes the videos available online to participants through BlackBoard.