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From STEM to STEAM : Brain-Compatible Strategies and Lessons That Integrate the Arts - David A. Sousa

From STEM to STEAM

Brain-Compatible Strategies and Lessons That Integrate the Arts

eBook Published: 31st January 2018
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Weave arts activities to STEM instruction, and STEAM ahead to academic success 

Arts activities enhance the skills critical for achieving STEM success, but how do busy STEM educators integrate the arts into sometimes inflexible STEM curriculum? This new edition of From STEM to STEAM explores emerging research to detail the way. It includes:

  • Classroom-tested strategies, including sample K-12 lessons plans and planning templates.
  • Tools for building a professional development program designed to helps arts and STEM teachers collaborate to create STEAM lessons. 
  •  Sample planning frameworks for transitioning schools from STEM to STEAM.
The main objective of both art and science is discovery. Lead your students to make that connection and STEAM ahead to academic success! 
 

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From STEM to STEAM is the answer to the failure of STEM education in our schools. No one understands better than David Sousa and Tom Pilecki the importance of the arts—music, the visual arts and drama—in making science, technology, engineering and math come alive for teachers and students. This is true integrated STEAM instruction…and it works. I’ve seen the transformation in our schools.

Our teachers enjoy the freedom to be creative and in turn more effective! Their students are singing and dancing in math and performing live theater in science. They’re remembering more, understanding more, and achieving more. They’re innovating, too, with new ideas and new applications for what they're learning. They love integrated STEAM learning. I could not be more impressed with the change From STEM to STEAM has brought to our schools.

This second edition of From STEM to STEAM contains guidelines for integrating STEAM instruction into the classroom and across the curriculum. It provides the essential guideposts that marked the growth of our teachers as STEAM instructors and our schools as lively, high performing STEAM academies. But think of the guidelines less as targets to be met than as sheet music that brings us back repeatedly to the same melody in a full musical score. Thanks to From STEM to STEAM we’re on key and making great music. 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
INTRODUCTION
Why a Second Edition?
What's New?
Looking to the Arts
How This Book Can Help to Implement STEAM
Chapter Contents
Who Should Use This Book?
What's Coming?
1. Why STEM Should Become STEAM
The Power of the Arts
The Arts and STEM Do Have Differences
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
2. What Science Says About the Arts and Creativity
Brain Organization
Thinking and Learning
The Arts, STEM, and Creativity
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
3. Bringing STEAM Into Schools
What Is Arts Integration?
What Is STEAM?
Different Schools and Implementation Formats
Implementing the STEAM Initiative
The Basic District Plan
What We Are Learning
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
4. Guidelines for Creating a STEAM School
STEAM Guidelines
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
5. Frequently Asked Questions About Integrating the Arts and STEM
What Are the Arts?
Addressing Some Common Frequently Asked Questions
Arts Perception Worksheet
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
6. Implementing Arts Integration in the Primary Grades (K-4)
Importance of Movement
Science, Mathematics, and the Arts in the Primary Grades
Ideas for Arts-Integrated Lesson Plans (Primary Grades)
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
7. Implementing Arts Integration in the Intermediate Grades (5-8)
A Day in the Life of a Middle School Student
Teacher-to-Teacher Collaborations
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
8. Implementing Arts Integration in the High School Grades (9-12)
STEAM and the Culture of High School
Pushing STEAM Along
Sample Comparisons of Traditional STEM and Arts-Integrated STEAM Lessons
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
9. Discoveries From the Field
About the Original Appetizers
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
10. Putting It All Together
Know Your Instructional Intuition
General Guidelines for K-12 Lessons
Sample K-12 Lessons: Examples of Arts-Related Activities in Science Topics
Sample Template for Designing a STEAM Unit Across Grade Levels
Professional Development to Maintain STEAM
Conclusion
Major Points to Ponder
RESOURCES
APPENDIX A: STEAM LESSON PLAN APPETIZERS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND ENGINEERING
The Appetizers
APPENDIX B: STEAM LESSON PLAN APPETIZERS IN MATHEMATICS
The Appetizers
REFERENCES
INDEX

ISBN: 9781506336787
ISBN-10: 1506336787
Audience: Professional
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 31st January 2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Edition Number: 2

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