STEM on the Shelf Episode 1: Sketch to Stretch with Crystal Muise-Keating

Its been three months and a summer to remember (or not?) A lot of personal memories have been made keeping two little boys busy in the COVID-era while professional anxieties have mounted with each passing day.

So it was extremely generous of colleague, Crystal Muise-Keating to play guinea pig and star as the guest of my pilot episode for “STEM on the Shelf” which has found its way on to the Spotify and Apple Podcast platforms while being hosted on Anchor.

We enjoyed talking family travel, bringing up politically-aware children, bird babies, and of course books! Crystal also shared a writing development strategy commonly used in Burlington classrooms called, “Sketch to Stretch”. You can learn more about the Sketch to Stretch strategy by visiting this resource page produced by the Illinois School Board of Education.

The school year is about to start and uncertainty reigns supreme, so it is hard to say when the next STEM on the Shelf episode will broadcast. That said, I hope you will consider listening on whichever platform you prefer and leave a review with some warm and cool feedback. Podcasting is a labor of love that I’m trying to define as a “hobby,” a use of time that has been identified over and over as an important way to tough through uncertain times like these!

About Sean Musselman

Teacher Dad and Burlington MA Schools K-5 Science and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator. NSTA Professional Development facilitator and author of "Think Like a Scientist: Investigating Weather and Climate" NSTA Kids ebook.
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