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From STEM to STEAM
Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts



May 2013 | 280 pages | Corwin
Research shows that activities associated with the arts can enhance creativity, problem-solving, memory systems, motor coordination, and analytical skills. Best-selling author David A. Sousa and veteran arts educator Thomas J. Pilecki demonstrate how arts education is integral to the development of the brain and to students' overall academic achievement. This book provides:

" Classroom-tested strategies and techniques for both integrating the arts in STEM instruction

" Data from schools that have already integrated the arts into STEM subjects, plus anecdotes and student success stories

" How-to's for organizing curriculum and instructional strategies to allow for the integration of STEM subjects and the arts

" Strategies for getting the entire staff and community involved in STEAM initiatives


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Why STEM Should Become STEAM
 
2. What Science Says About the Arts and Creativity
 
3. Frequently Asked Questions About Integrating the Arts and STEM
 
4. Implementing Arts Integration in the Primary Grades (K-4)
 
5. Implementing Arts Integration in the Intermediate Grades (5-8)
 
6. Implementing Arts Integration in the High School Grades (9-12)
 
7. STEAM Lesson Plan Appetizers in Science, Technology, and Engineering
 
8. STEAM Lesson Plan Appetizers in Mathematics
 
9. Putting It All Together
 
Resources
 
References
 
Index

The ideas shared in the book are relevant and can be easily put into practice.

Dr Denise Simmons
West College Of Education, Midwestern State University
September 12, 2016
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Key features
  • Presents compelling evidence from research studies in cognitive and social neuroscience that demonstrate how activities associated with the arts enhance creativity, problem-solving, memory systems, motor coordination, and analytical skills, which are all critical elements to achieving the STEM objectives.
  • Contains classroom-tested strategies and techniques for both integrating the arts in STEM instruction and for applying STEM concepts to instruction in the arts.
  • Features data from schools that have already integrated arts-related skills into STEM subjects, along with anecdotes and personal student success stories.
  • Explains how teachers can organize their curriculum and instructional strategies to allow for the integration of STEM subjects and the arts.
  • Offers strategies for getting the entire staff and community involved in STEAM initiatives.
  • Includes a list of additional resources available to teachers in support of the STEM subjects, the arts, arts integration, and STEAM.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Why STEM Should Become STEAM


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