It's a new school year! What shall we write about?

August 12, 2016

STEM Teachers,

It's mid-August, so that means we’re either enjoying the last few weeks of summer or transitioning back into the classroom. Either way, it's a good time to be excited and to think about new things. In that spirit, it's time to start thinking about new topics to lead us to our writing prompt for the 2016-2017 writing cycle.

Speaking of transitions, David Knuffke, who started this writing project two years ago, is taking a step back from organizational duties with this project (but hopefully will still be willing to contribute an essay). In our first two years, teachers have written about the value of struggle in our schools and the most important lessons we teach our students.

Where do we go from here? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be using this space to suggest and discuss topics worthy of a writing prompt. On September 5, I'll close the discussion here and create a ballot of prompts, which will be open to the community to vote for approximately two weeks—more on that later this month. A reminder: this writing project will be open throughout the fall to anyone who has taught science, engineering, or math (or any other STEM course) in a high school setting in the past three years.

This brings us to the big question:  What should we write about?
There's certainly no shortage of issues in the news lately that are worth writing about, and I can't wait to see what this community has to say. For now, what moves you? What are you thinking about as we start this year? What's going on inside or outside our classrooms that we have something to say about? Please use the comment section below to suggest and discuss topics.

Happy New (writing) Year,