Bill Boerman

Bill has spent the past 20 years teaching in England, Michigan, and Colorado. He has taught in 1st through 6th grades and is currently teaching STEM to 6th graders at Holland Public Schools. He has a Masters in Integrated Natural Sciences from Colorado College and is Nationally Board Certified in Early Adolescent Mathematics.

STEM, Health, and Kidblog

STEM, Health, and Kidblog

Most adults were very active as children. We played a variety of different games at recess, and we participated in various sports throughout middle and high school. However, as any teacher can see, our students aren’t getting as much physical activity. Nowadays, kids are less interested in outdoor games and more interested in online games.

Most adults were very active as children. We played a variety of different games at recess, and we participated in various sports throughout middle and high school. However, as any teacher can see, our students aren’t getting as much physical activity. Nowadays, kids are less interested in outdoor games and more interested in online games.... read more

Failing: Changing the context through blogging

Failing: Changing the context through blogging

The word ‘fail’ brings out many emotions in students (and adults!), and most of them are not positive.  Many of us, as educators, have heard students comment, “I hope I don’t fail.” or, “I’m not going to try it because I am worried I will fail.” In any classroom environment, but especially a STEM environment,

The word ‘fail’ brings out many emotions in students (and adults!), and most of them are not positive.  Many of us, as educators, have heard students comment, “I hope I don’t fail.” or, “I’m not going to try it because I am worried I will fail.” In any classroom environment, but especially a STEM environment,... read more

Developing a STEM program? How can blogging help?

Developing a STEM program? How can blogging help?

One of the most recent facts I read related to STEM comes from the US Bureau of Statistics that predicts that within the next 20 years 80% of jobs will require a technical STEM-related skill.  As our world is changing due to technology, our educational system is also changing.  Part of that change has been

One of the most recent facts I read related to STEM comes from the US Bureau of Statistics that predicts that within the next 20 years 80% of jobs will require a technical STEM-related skill.  As our world is changing due to technology, our educational system is also changing.  Part of that change has been... read more

STEM Careers…in Blogging?

STEM Careers…in Blogging?

All students with whom I work were provided with an opportunity to apply for an ‘assistant blogger’ position in our STEM classroom. Two students completed the application, obtained a letter of reference, and were granted an interview.

All students with whom I work were provided with an opportunity to apply for an ‘assistant blogger’ position in our STEM classroom. Two students completed the application, obtained a letter of reference, and were granted an interview.... read more

STEM Mentoring Using Kidblog

STEM Mentoring Using Kidblog

As the need for STEM related jobs grows, the education world is changing.  Integrating STEM education into all aspects of teaching should not only be easy to do, but it should be fun!  Blogging provides a means to get students throughout an entire school excited about STEM. I am currently teaching in a K-7 school,

As the need for STEM related jobs grows, the education world is changing.  Integrating STEM education into all aspects of teaching should not only be easy to do, but it should be fun!  Blogging provides a means to get students throughout an entire school excited about STEM. I am currently teaching in a K-7 school,... read more

Putting the ‘T’ in STEM

Putting the ‘T’ in STEM

This year finds me in the midst of a new endeavour: creating a STEM class for 6th graders! My task: create a hands-on program where worksheets are out and technology is in.

This year finds me in the midst of a new endeavour: creating a STEM class for 6th graders! My task: create a hands-on program where worksheets are out and technology is in. ... read more