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STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom - Miranda Talley Reagan

STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom

Paperback Published: 19th May 2016
ISBN: 9781483392363
Number Of Pages: 160

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Make learning relevant with STEM essential questions Planning interdisciplinary STEM lessons that meet K-5 grade level expectations can be a challenge. How do you fit it all in? In this engaging, well-organized guide, STEM instructional trailblazer Miranda Reagan provides a teacher-friendly, research-based guide to quickly and confidently infuse STEM concepts across content areas. Real-world vignettes, sample lessons and templates, discussion questions, and immediately applicable action steps help you seamlessly promote college and career ready skills.  This inspiring guide helps teachers use STEM-infused interdisciplinary instruction to: Deepen all content areas, including English/ Language Arts Promote the 4Cs: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity Require students to take risks to solve problems Differentiate instruction and scaffold support Expand students' specific measurable capabilities Incorporate design skills into the curricula Save valuable time and confidently develop standards-aligned STEM projects across all content areas with this breakthrough guide! "Spirited Teachers Eliciting Memories.   

Industry Reviews

"Reagan shows the importance of STEM-infused learning with much support. The importance and relevancy of the book is very clear. She adequately explained any desired target outcomes and gave steps to achieve them. Many good examples were included . . . An excellent choice to purchase for a school or team."

-- Marsha Basanda

"This book does an excellent job of describing a STEM classroom and the basics for beginning to design your own curriculum . . . As a teacher who helped develop the STEM program in the elementary school where I teach, I could understand and relate to the issues and concepts presented in this book. STEM has become the curriculum of the future. This book will help educators not only understand what STEM is, but its importance and how to incorporate it in their classrooms."

-- Marti Hooten, Early Childhood/Elementary Teacher

"After reading this book, infusing STEM into your elementary classroom will be as easy as 1,2,3...A, B, C!"

-- Susan Schipper, Elementary Teacher

"Spirited Teachers Eliciting Memories

Miranda's book is an inspiration for the elementary teacher who wants to begin using STEM in the classroom. She has answered all of the "but what ifs" and the "I'm not sures" and given teachers the answers to the "hows and whys" it will work. STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom is full of useful and fun information to guide teachers in this new, exciting area of education. Watching the STEM classes in Miranda's school, while working on their projects, is amazing. The students work together well, discuss their ideas freely, and take pride in "improving" their projects! Rigor, relevance, and creativity, ...what more can you ask for? I cannot wait to use Miranda's book with my Science and Social Studies Methods Class as an inspiration for our preservice teachers!"

-- Dr. Jill C. Mertz, Adjunct Professor of Education
"STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom blends interdisciplinary STEM lessons for K-5 grades with a guide that shows teachers how to understand basic STEM concepts and apply them across the curriculum. Case histories pair with sample lessons and templates to help teachers integrate these strategies into lesson plans in such a way that existing standards are infused with STEM concepts and results." -- Donovan's Bookshelf

1. STEM-Infusing All Content Areas
An EC4S3TREAM Way of Teaching
Misconceptions About STEM-Infusion
Said No One Ever
Spiraling Down
A Breath of Fresh Air
Model Not Subject
Working Smarter
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
2. Why STEM in Elementary?
Then and Now
Twenty-First Century Readiness
""Learning and innovation...""
""Separate those who are prepared...and those who are not.""
""...Increasingly complex life and work environments...""
Motivating Change
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
3. Rigor Meets Relevance
Emotional Relevance
Making It Matter
The Relevance Trap
The Role of Technology
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
4. The Cross-Cutting Concepts Approach to STEM-Infusion
The Pattern Revelation
Cross-Cutting Concepts
Creating STEM-Infused Lesson Plans with Cross-Cutting Concepts
Concerns About Rearranging Standards
When to Use This Approach
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
5. The Standards Alignment Approach to STEM-Infusion
Operation Top Secret Message
Starting with the Standards
Connecting the Unconnected
When to Use This Approach
Brainstorming Project Ideas
Let the Creativity Begin
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
6. The Thematic Approach to STEM-Infusion
Play Ball
The Thematic Approach
Not Your Mama's Thematic Teaching
When to Use This Approach
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
7. Assessing STEM
The Testing Mess
My Mistake
Assessing STEM
Student Goal Setting
Student Journaling
Improvement Logs
Teacher Clipboard
Assessing Social Emotional Learning
Standardize Testing and STEM
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
8. The Benefits of the STEM Mindset: Risk-taking and Resilience
Locked Out
A Mindset Shift
Growth vs Fixed Mindsets
Growing from STEM
Student Empowerment
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
9. Student and Teacher Collaboration
Lego Trench
Foundation of Communication
Richness of the Interaction
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
10. Leadership for Change
A Really Hard Night
Progress as an Expectation
Parent Involvement
Goal Setting
Sharing Resources and Providing Support
Teaching Teams
Teacher Trust and Autonomy
Discussion Starters
Your Next Step
Resource A: Pipeline Lesson Plan
Resource B: Volcano Lesson Plan
Resource C: Candy Cane Lesson Plan
Resource D: Germs Lesson Plan
Resource E: Top Secret Message Lesson Plan
Resource F: Baseball Lesson Plan
Resource G: Moon Rover Lesson Plan
Resource H: Improvement Log
Resource I: Storm Shelter Lesson Plan
Resource J: Lego Lesson Plan
Resource K: Tennis Shoe Lesson Plan
Resource L: Helmet Lesson Plan
Resource M: Blank Lesson Plan Template 1
Resource N: Blank Lesson Plan Template 2
Resource O: Additional STEM-Infused Activities Ideas

ISBN: 9781483392363
ISBN-10: 1483392368
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 19th May 2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1

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