Junior High School Math
As a Seneca Junior High School seventh grade math teacher who leads STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) projects, Whitney Dushane is confident this program “helps students develop creativity and critical-thinking skills.
“It makes them think outside the box. All of these skills are essential in developing students to go out into the real world and make a difference.”
Dushane contends students find STEAM rewarding as they’re “able to create new things or figure out why or how something works.
“In the normal core classroom, there’s not a ton of time to spend on projects and hands-on activities. STEAM gives students the opportunity to perform these activities and develop those projects.”
In expressing what she enjoys most about teaching STEAM, Dushane emphasizes, “I love the fact that I get to show students how and why something works. I also love how I can relate certain topics to real-world scenarios, so students see where they will use this stuff in the future.”