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“Step Into STEAM takes a sophisticated pedagogy from appearing as a complicated challenge to an approach that is accessible to each and every classroom. What separates this work from others? Oh, right: There are no other books like this one! The authors’ practical approach to getting started and go-to resources recognize the reality of busy teachers’ lives. Here you’ll find planning tools and classroom examples of investigations that don’t trivialize any of the STEAM subjects to merely ‘cover’ a subject.
“STEM and STEAM learning must become more than an educational ‘sound bite.’ More importantly, STEAM learning needs to be fully understood AND implemented. Step Into STEAM addresses issues regarding the importance of STEAM learning and provides the support that elementary classroom teachers and instructional leaders need to truly guide their planning, teaching, and assessment of integrated and inquiry-based STEAM. What an amazing resource!”
“Step Into STEAM offers a rare opportunity for anyone concerned with education to consider what learning would be like with equity, empathy, and experience. By providing examples from teachers who have dared to put children first, this book offers more than just a new way to teach; it offers hope for youth today. By considering what youth will need to be successful in jobs that are not yet
“With the increased emphasis on integrated STEM nationally in education, Bush and Cook provide a timely, must-read resource for educators who are seeking ways to implement STEAM in the elementary classroom. The STEAM inquiries, grounded in problem-based learning or the design thinking framework, integrates mathematics and science concepts and the arts to engage each and every student in the classroom. If you are looking for ways to effectively design and implement STEAM inquiries, you owe it to yourself to invest and reflectively engage with this book.”
“Step Into STEAM is a timely guide for those interested in framing their work in STEAM instruction. The authors’ unique and innovative approach is transformational and takes readers on a journey into STEAM teaching and learning. Bush and Cook have written a must-read primer for everyone involved in STEAM education . . . Read this book—and learn from the best!”
“Through carefully crafted research-based frameworks; inspirational, authentic, and approachable practical strategies rooted in the reform efforts of student-centered STEAM instruction; and opportunities for professional self-reflection, Step Into STEAM rightfully re-elevates educators to their proper places as innovation experts and agents of change in their own classrooms, schools, districts, and communities. An inspirational step in a needed direction, Drs.
“This is the book I wish I had written! Seldom has a book been as desperately needed as this indispensable resource from Bush and Cook. All elementary educators should leverage this deeply insightful and proven approach to STEAM education so that you become the teacher of STEAM your students deserve. More importantly, use it to help your students become inspired and creative problem solvers who are empowered to not only improve their own lives but improve the society we inhabit as well.”
“This is a great book for elementary teachers and instructional leaders whose goal is to provide meaningful equitable STEAM experiences for their students. This book is rich with classroom-tested examples and strategies to build inquiries that include authentic content directly correlated to mathematics and science standards. Readers are encouraged to engage students in multiple ways to demonstrate relevant science/engineering processes and mathematical practices.
“Sarah and Kristin understand what creates a superior STEAM inquiry. They believe rigorous, standards-based instruction should be incorporated into STEAM and will capture students’ enthusiasm and create highly engaged, motivated student learners. In each step of the instructional planning process, they want instructors to stop and evaluate how the inquiry will meet instructional standards and challenge our students to think creatively to find solutions to problems. Step Into STEAM will help instructors understand how to create these STEAM inquiries. I highly recommend this book.”
“Unlike with some resources, readers will not be left wondering ‘what does this look like in the classroom’ or ‘how do I get started’ but instead will feel empowered to take steps forward to provide high-quality STEAM experiences for each and every learner.”
“Step Into STEAM is an essential book for anyone who is serious about moving to problem-based STEAM in their classrooms. Step Into STEAM moves beyond written how-tos, by providing knowledge, written and online tools, and real examples that help make STEAM come alive in classrooms!”
“Step Into STEAM is a must-read for anyone interested in STEAM! Rather than supplying a set of prescribed lesson plans to follow, the authors provide guidance, practical suggestions, and thought-provoking questions to assist the reader as they successfully plan for and implement STEAM inquiries. These STEAM inquiries, which maintain a sharp focus on mathematics and science content and practices, hold the potential to highly affect learning for each and every student in our elementary classrooms.”