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Why Wonder Matters: Creating Authentic Connections in the Classroom

Why Wonder Matters: Creating Authentic Connections in the Classroom
#8 Webinar 2023
March 21, 2023 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
1 hour
Subject Science
Grade Level PreK, Grades K-12, Professional Development


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Foster your students' curiosity with Sandy Roberts, Education Program Manager for Science Friday. In this 2023 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference session, you’ll discover new ways to use age-old techniques like storytelling, problem-solving, asking open-ended questions, crafting analogies, and sharing humor to engage your learners. By creating community and empowering students to take the lead, you'll inspire your students, connect them deeply to the content, build a creative culture, and, most importantly, invoke their sense of wonder by giving them the context and encouragement they need to explore fearlessly.

Professional Credit

Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is a New York State Education Department-approved provider for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved professional development provider, and a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved professional development provider.

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Education Program Manager, Science Friday Initiative

Sandy Roberts is the Education Program Manager at Science Friday, where she creates learning resources, content, and experiences to advance STEM equity in all learning environments. 

Sandy earned her degree in chemical biology from Stevens Institute of Technology with a minor in literature and certificates in chemical engineering and computer science. After working in both pharmaceutical research and publishing, she transitioned her career to education when she started a family. 

Since then, Sandy has taught both formally as a middle school STEM teacher and informally at local libraries, homeschool co-ops, museums, and camps through her business Kaleidoscope Enrichment LLC. She’s also offered Professional Development for educators through Rutgers University, where she is pursuing a graduate degree in STEM and Maker Education.

Sandy has participated in and presented at Maker Faires along the East Coast since 2012 where she has won numerous ribbons for her educational activities. Channeling the Maker Movement into education, she has overseen the development of three makerspaces, written The Big Book of Maker Camp Projects (McGraw-Hill 2019), and served as Maker Camp Community Manager for Make: Magazine. Sandy has also spoken at conferences such as the Make: Education Forum, National Science Teachers Association STEM Conference, and the New Jersey Educational Technology Conference.

When not teaching or writing, Sandy can be found tinkering at home, exploring the outdoors, or spending time with her family—sometimes all three at once. Lately, she’s been playing with origami circuits, relearning micro-python, and trying to perfect a gluten-free sourdough recipe.




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March 21, 2023
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