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Directing Their Learning

Staff Development Guide

Training Situation: Coaching (one-on-one)

Length: 15 minutes

Objective: Participants will watch the Opportunities for Youth to Direct and Manage Their Own Learning video-based learning module to learn why STEM identities matter.


  • See the Skill in Action – 10 minutes
  • Setting goals – 5 minutes



Video-Based Learning Module

Watch the activity overview video. This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.

As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

  • What questions do the teen leaders ask that help youth identify with STEM?
  • How does facilitating a STEM activity contribute to the teens’ own STEM identity?

Now that you’ve watched the video, reflect on what you saw.

  • How can you support teen leaders facilitating STEM in your program?
  • What are the benefits of including teen leaders as facilitators during STEM?
  • What other strategies could the teen leaders use to develop youth’s identity as someone who learns about, uses, and sometimes contributes to STEM?