Phone: (719) 494-8850 ext 6810
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors in Elementary and Early Childhood Education Masters of Science in Instructional Technology K-12 Apple Teacher Certification State and Regional Technology Presenter
Mrs. Michelle Klamm
Hello, ALLIES families! My name is Michelle Klamm and I am excited to be joining the ALLIES team as the Innovations Lab Professor. I recently retired from Nebraska where I spent 28 years working with children. My love of teaching and learning is why I chose to begin my second teaching career here in beautiful Colorado! I am originally from Upper-Michigan so my sporting Michigan Blue for college football should come as no surprise. The military landed me and my husband in Nebraska which is where we chose to raise our two boys and dogs. Sports and the great outdoors were and continue to be huge in our family (GO BRONCOS and AVALANCHE)! Traveling and spending time with family and friends are what I love most (along with m&m’s!). I look forward to meeting you and providing your children with enriching STEAM experiences. The following skill sets will be developed in the Innovations classroom:
PROBLEM-SOLVING: STEAM problems require students to quickly work to make sense of problems as they are presented, and work productively to propose real and appropriate solutions.
CREATIVITY: STEAM requires the ability to look at and propose solutions to a problem through multiple approaches, including ones that are highly creative or “out-of-the-box.” In STEAM, mistakes and failed attempts are positive experiences, offering opportunities for deeper learning.
Inquiry Skills,STEAM requires hands-on, active participation to effectively solve problems. Students are the drivers of solutions and should be asking the questions, proposing the ideas, generating and testing solutions, and making decisions based on data to understand how to refine ideas for future attempts.
Math and Science Skills: The mathematics and science skills students learn are the foundation of STEAM and must be applied in pursuit of solutions to challenges and problems which are presented. The math and science used to solve problems will connect to coursework, as well as highlight connections between ideas and subject areas.
Engineering and Design Thinking: In solving STEAM problems, the use of engineering-design thinking is important. In this kind of thinking, students must identify the problem at hand, research potential solutions, build prototypes, test, redesign, and test again as needed. Each step in the process moves students closer to creating a solution.
Critical Thinking: Effective STEAM learning requires students to analyze information, evaluate designs, reflect on their thinking, synthesize new ideas, and propose creative solutions. All of these skills are vital to becoming an independent, critical thinker.
Collaboration: Big challenges are rarely solved by individuals. Working on STEAM problems also involves learning to work as a productive part of a collaborative team.
“Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can be.” Rita Pierson