This is a part of a series of profiles about new school who’ve joined the College of Education within the 2021-22 tutorial yr. 

Name: Erik Schettig 

Title: Lecturer in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education

Education: M.Ed. in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education from NC State University, B.S. in Technology, Engineering, and Design Education from NC State University. 

Experience: Technology, Engineering and Design Education Teacher, Wake County Public School System; Pre-College Program Lead Instructor, FREEDM Systems Center

Why did you select a profession in training?

Since highschool, I actually loved discovering out how numerous applied sciences labored and how to use them in numerous purposes. When I obtained to NC State as an undergraduate, I found that I needed to be a know-how, engineering and design educator in order that I may proceed studying how numerous instruments perform and information others in how to apply these instruments to enhance preparedness. Furthermore, after graduating with my bachelor’s diploma, I obtained my grasp’s in know-how, engineering and design training, in addition to a minor in curriculum and instruction growth, then went into the educating career.

What drew you to your particular discipline?

What drew me to the sphere was that it was a chance to study utilizing numerous instruments starting from hand instruments to digital modeling, and not solely studying how they are often utilized to resolve issues however studying the science and math supporting their purposes. From there, I’ve been in a position to develop and work with numerous STEM applications in transferring these experiences to lecturers and college students.

Why did you determine to pursue a doctoral diploma?

I’m at the moment within the technique of pursuing my Ph.D. in Learning and Teaching in STEM with a deal with engineering and know-how training. I made a decision to pursue this as a result of I needed to additional my expertise with analysis and growth of STEM curricula and skilled growth. After educating know-how, engineering and design training in addition to performing as a STEM coordinator for a few years at ranges starting from elementary to highschool, I needed to additional improve my abilities associated to STEM educating, curriculum growth and analysis potential.

What are your analysis pursuits?

My analysis pursuits embody STEM curriculum growth, offering STEM skilled growth alternatives, in addition to partaking the enhancement of STEM abilities associated to downside fixing and spatial potential in formal and casual environments

What sparked your curiosity in these matters?

While educating and main pre-college STEM applications, there appeared to be curricula that could possibly be improved to extra successfully combine a spread of STEM content material and abilities. I really feel that researching such a subject can lead to enhanced curricula that lecturers can incorporate into the classroom to additional the preparation of scholars to perform inside a STEM office and twenty first century society. 

In order to improve STEM experiences that may be transferred to college students, lecturers want skilled growth focussed on instruments and practices they will relate to and incorporate into their classroom environments. As college students and lecturers are engaged within the growth of STEM abilities, they discover themselves experiencing STEM ideas in each formal and casual environments. Investigating STEM studying and educating in and out of the classroom broadens the power to present STEM experiences that may lead to the event of STEM curiosity and identification, main to additional preparation to perform inside a twenty first century society.  

What is one analysis undertaking or second in your tutorial profession that you’re notably pleased with?

I’m nonetheless pleased with these first educating experiences the place, after guiding college students’ use of know-how and engineering practices for a design undertaking, they skilled these “ah-ha” moments of witnessing how their science and math content material will be utilized to an issue answer.

What is your educating philosophy?

My educating philosophy incorporates a mixture of constructivism, the place college students develop data primarily based upon their utilized experiences, in addition to pragmatism, the place college students make the most of sources to develop options to real-world, relatable issues.

What do you hope your college students be taught from you?

I hope my college students be taught from me how to make the most of sources and problem-solving methods to apply STEM ideas so as to achieve success in each their skilled and private lives.

What makes somebody a rare educator?

An extraordinary educator is somebody who’s a lifelong learner and makes use of these experiences to information the experiences of others in acquiring relatable data and practices. Other options embody resourcefulness, the power to break down ideas and draw connections to real-world examples, let their college students fail so as to be taught from their errors and give you the option to collaborate with each colleagues and college students.


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