MI 6th Grader Teaches Adapted STEAM Lessons

MI 6th Grader Teaches Adapted STEAM Lessons
Posted on 03/28/2019

MI 6th Grader Teaches Adapted STEAM LessonsAll students thrive in active, hands-on, problem-solving classrooms. That was the belief underpinning Mason Intermediate School sixth grader Ella Bender's passion project to create an adapted STEAM class for the students in Jessica Cassin and Katrina Philpot's classes.


I have a passion for working with kids with special needs,” shared Bender. "My big vision was to get to know the students better."

Bender works with her STEAM teacher, Laura Tonkin, to plan lessons and reflect on how they went. Her first STEAM activity encouraged students to express who they are with some creativity. Bender had the students cut out magazine pictures of things they like and paste the items onto a human cutout. The students then used yarn for the hair in order to incorporate using their fine motor skills.


Now, Bender teaches an adapted STEAM class every Friday.


“Ella embodies the type of learner that all kids in STEAM should strive to be like. She was given an opportunity to find her passion and follow it in STEAM and she did just that! I love that Ella chose a final project that goes beyond solving a problem that only affects her, but reaching out and helping others. I know that no matter what path she follows, Ella will find success and continue to make an impact wherever she goes next!” shared sixth grade STEAM Lab teacher Laura Tonkin.

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