Welcome to STEAM!
Hello STEAM Families!
Our school year has ended, and what a crazy year it has been!
First of all, thank you for all the support that you have provided for our STEAM Program and Lab. Your generosity in materials and time has been overwhelming. It has allowed me to create a successfully engaging program. I have enjoyed watching your children explore, engage and learn over the course of the year.
During our time away from the school, I have been collecting photos form the work that students have been completing at home. I am attaching my STEAM Gallery here for you to look at.
I also attaching links to the Dragon Thunder Padlet and 5th Grade Padlet, which will allow you to access the final projects that students completed while at home. There are some really cool concepts here. The imagination and creativity of your students, while not surprising, is still awesome to see.
I am also sharing a presentation of the Kindergarten unit that we completed as well.
Please take a moment to browse through these links and see the learning your children were engaged in while at home.
The last thing that I have posted is a link to several summer STEAM activities that your students can do over the summer.
I hope you all have a wonderful summer and thank you once again for your support of the STEAM program during our building year!
Degrees and Certifications:
BA Africana Studies BA Interdisciplinary Studies MA Education K-8 Elementary Education License
Mrs. Natasha Baning
I was raised in Worcester, Vermont and attended U-32 as a student. I attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. As an undergrad I studied Africana Studies and created an Interdisciplinary Major based on the education of underprivileged students in urban settings, while my Masters is in Elementary Education. I started teaching in Pittsburgh City Public Schools and then moved back home to Vermont, where I taught 4 years here at Northfield Elementary School, in both 3rd and 5th grade. I then took a break from teaching to work for the Teachers' Union in California and Maryland. After spending 12 years focusing on improving public education for educators, I decided I wanted to return to the school house and focus my attention back on the students. Last year I returned to Northfield Elementary as a para-educator and then as a long-term sub for the 4th grade.
I am thrilled to start this school year as the new STEAM teacher! I see STEAM as a way to reach students with all different types of learning modalities and interests. We will be focusing on reaching all of the content standards through the Science and Engineering Practices (for more information, please see the NGSS link). This means that our lessons will be focused on the "How" behind the science and not just the "What". Students will be engaged in inquiry based learning and skills that they can apply across content areas. I will be working in collaboration with the Humanities and Math teachers so that students will be able to use the strategies across all subject areas, increasing their depth of knowledge.
It's going to be a exciting year of discovery and growth!