Reworking lessons and the classroom environment can help girls excel at STEM courses


Despite recent advances, women remain underrepresented in the workforce in many science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. K-12 schools have been working to cultivate and encourage girls’ interest in STEM, and narrow the gap in girls’ participation in science courses. Yet, many girls enter my science classes lacking confidence in their abilities or expressing that they’re just “not good at science.”

I, too, used to have that mindset. I enjoyed science in elementary and middle school. However, in high school, my science classes were primarily comprised of lectures...

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  • About the Author:

    Brandie Freeman is a science teacher at Woodland High School in Bartow County Schools in Georgia, and the 2015 Georgia High School Science Teacher of the Year.