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Using Brain-Compatible Strategies to Integrate the Arts

© 2013 | 280 pages | Corwin

Build the skills mathematicians and scientists need!

A is for arts—and for the advantage students gain when you integrate the arts into daily STEM instruction. As research in cognitive and social neuroscience shows, arts activities enhance creativity, problem solving, memory systems, and analytical skills—all critical for achieving STEM success.

Now David Sousa, the best-selling author of How the Brain Learns, teams up with veteran arts educator Tom Pilecki to bring you

  • Details of brain research connecting STEM and the arts
  • Teacher-tested techniques for fitting the arts into STEM classrooms
  • Sample lesson plans across K-12
  • A worksheet template for designing your own arts-integrated STEM lessons
  • Tips for managing time and collaborating
  • Real-life examples and anecdotes
  • Strategies for involving the whole school community in STEAM initiatives

The main objective of both art and science is discovery. Help your students make that connection and STEAM on to academic success!

"David Sousa's new book is more than hot; it is STEAMing! It is crammed full of suggestions to integrate arts into every STEM curricula at all grade levels to increase student learning."
—Renee Peoples, Teacher and Math Coach
Swain West Elementary, West Bryson City, NC

"I am recommending this book to every science center I know. This book provides an innovative approach to a crucial subject that our country needs to buy into for a prosperous future."
—Kate Arrizza, Chief Operating Officer
South Florida Science Museum

"As America grapples with how to educate young people in the third millennium, this book is a must read for educators, policy makers, and community leaders alike."
—Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy
Americans for the Arts

About the Authors
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

"This book should be a required reading for all teachers! This book is completely informative with a practical and authentic approach to changing STEM to STEAM as Arts Integration. The authors, David A. Sousa and Tomas J. Pilecki were brilliant in their analyses of why, what, and how Arts Integrations works without a doubt. I would highly recommend this book to my peers and administration because I found deep connections of arts integration which fostered interdisciplinary connections throughout the curriculum. Students would learn and remember what they learned because critical thinking rounded the learning experience for the whole child in a holistic direction."

Melanie Sitzer Hedges, Art Teacher
West Gate Elementary School, West Palm Beach, FL

"David Sousa's new book is more than hot; it is STEAMing! It is crammed full of suggestions to integrate arts into every STEM curricula at all grade levels to increase student learning. The research-based suggestions for strategies to engage students and deepen the level of thinking are abundantly supported with ideas for PLCs and a plethora of resources. Every teacher who is ready to update their pedagogy and make their teaching red hot needs this is the book!"

Renee Peoples, Teacher and Math Coach
Swain West Elementary, West Bryson City, NC

"STEM without creativity in application is stagnant. Brain research shows that we must rethink methodology in STEM education if we are to produce not only talented professionals, but also enriched members of society. From STEM to STEAM is a start in that direction."

Debra K. Las, Science Teacher
Rochester Public Schools, MN

"From STEM to STEAM is a game changer for educators who are serious about bringing excellence back into the classroom. It crosses ages, stages and curriculum development through research and practical application."

Darleen Horton, Environmental Magnet School Coordinator
Cane Run Elementary, Louisville, KY

“Imagine classrooms of children imitating the “ways of knowing” experienced by DaVinci or Michelangelo. In From STEM to STEAM, authors Sousa and Pilecki not only persuade us to integrate ARTS into the K-12 curriculum, they also remind us of the value of a classical education- an education that reveals how all knowledge is interrelated. In this timely book, the authors entice K-12 educators to transform their classrooms into centers of arts and science inquiry; and, in a rather credible manner, provide step-by-step guidelines for engaging K-12 learners in a rich interdisciplinary curriculum of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics."

Susan Lee Pasquarelli, Professor of Literacy Education
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI
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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