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Picture of the product20 Strategies for STEM Instruction
Author - William Bender

Teachers of all year levels are increasingly moving into STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Mathematics) instruction, but time constraints and heavy workloads can make the transition difficult. In 20 Strategies for STEM Instruction, author William N. Bender, PhD, provides customisable, step-by-step guidelines for various teaching strategies that have been shown to strengthen STEM instruction.

Exploring the latest STEM instructional trends and specific teaching techniques, Bender highlights research evidence throughout the book and offers practical advice to help teachers

- facilitate efficiency of study, making the most of instructional time
- integrate project-based learning with STEM instruction
- modify and adapt STEM strategies to meet the needs of each learner
- use engineering design principles to focus on real-world problems
- emphasise teamwork and collaboration around rigorous maths and science content.

Today’s students need to be able to solve problems, make decisions and learn from failure. STEM instruction celebrates the fact that there can be more than just one correct answer to a question – and learning should be framed accordingly in any STEM classroom. This book guides teachers as they prepare students for the complex challenges they will undoubtedly face in higher education and the global workplace.


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Picture of the productBringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom
Author - Linda Froschauer

This book is a must for your library if you're looking for creative experiences to engage your youngest students in science, technology, engineering, and math. Bringing STEM to the Elementary Classroom includes some of the best STEM investigations from Science and Children, NSTA's award-winning journal for elementary teachers.

Classroom tested to meet the needs of both preK-5 students and busy teachers, the 36 lessons are:

1. conveniently organized into grade-level bands;

2. grounded in science education research;

3. designed to encourage learning across disciplines, promote real-world problem-solving skills, expose children to STEM careers, and serve all students equally well; and

4. connect to all elements of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Many resources help you encourage children to learn about STEM, but only this book was curated by Linda Froschauer, a veteran educator with more than 37 years of teaching experience who also serves as editor of Science and Children. This collection provides you with a rich variety of quality STEM experiences, whether you're a classroom teacher, homeschooler, or information educator.


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Picture of the productConnecting Students STEM Careers to Social Networking Strate

Connecting Students STEM Careers to Social Networking Strategies

In Connecting Students to STEM, author Camille Cole shows you ways to find STEM professionals around the world who are willing to interact with your students. She explains how to set up programs that give students the opportunity to engage in real-world learning experiences and how to tap into current programs. Through this authentic engagement your students will find their STEM education to be more rewarding and relevant to their lives, leading many to develop an interest in STEM careers.



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Picture of the productCreating a STEM Culture for Teaching and Learning
by Jeff Weld

Join Jeff Weld on the STEM bandwagon with this dynamic overview of everything from why STEM matters to where it’s headed. Weld wrote this book to convince you that STEM is a “white-hot, transformation revolution in schooling as we know it”. Both wide-ranging and lively, Creating a STEM Culture for Teaching and Learning has something for everyone involved with education:

- School leaders receive a road map for bringing their districts or schools to the forefront of America’s STEM initiatives.
- Year F–12 educators get valuable context for what and how they teach as they adapt to a STEM future.
- Educators who work with student teachers are provided a playbook that instantly brings them up to speed and signals where STEM education is heading.
- Policy makers find the guidance they need to usher STEM into the educational sphere at the local, regional, state and national policy levels.
- Business leaders learn the importance of striking up relationships with the education sector in ways that will help prime the talent pump for future employees.

In this book, the story of STEM unfolds “as a how-to, can-do, who’s-who, you-too manual and memoir based in the experiences of leaders who walk the talk”. Weld’s infectious enthusiasm is sure to change the way you think about STEM from “not me” to “I’m in”!


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Picture of the productCreative Writing in Science: Activities That Inspire
by Katie Coppens

Who knew that writing plays, poems and even comics could help students learn science? When Katie Coppens, the science and English teacher who developed this book, blended science and writing in her own classroom, she watched students become stronger in both subjects. Her experience prompted her to write this classroom resource book, which features activities that integrate writing with content in life science, Earth and space science, engineering and physical science for Years 3–12.

You can tell a teacher wrote the book because it’s so flexible and classroom friendly. Each of the 15 activities come with strategies for teaching a creative writing style – whether poetry or prose. You can use the assignments as in-class activities, homework or final assessments for a unit. Also included are reproducible handouts, graphic organisers, writing models, (to guide instruction and help students better understand your expectations) and scoring rubrics.

Whether you encourage students to write a travel blog about the digestive system, a packing list for the planets, or an interview with an atom, you’ll inspire them to be more imaginative while you enjoy new strategies for assessing their scientific understanding.


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Picture of the productEngaging Young Engineers
Engaging Young Engineers: Teaching Problem Solving Skills through STEM

by Angela K Stone-MacDonald, Kristen B Wendell, Anne Douglass and Mary Lu Love

Help young children develop problem-solving skills, and you’ll boost their kindergarten readiness and set them up for long-term success in STEM subjects.

In this timely and practical book, you’ll discover how to support the problem-solving skills of all young children by teaching them basic practices of engineering and five types of critical thinking skills (Curiosity, Persistence, Flexibility, Reflection, and Collaboration) - AND discover how to sharpen all these skills as a teacher!

Using a clear instructional framework and fun activities tailored for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, you’ll help children birth to 5 explore big ideas and develop new ways of thinking through engaging and challenging learning experiences.

A must for teachers in inclusive early education classrooms, this comprehensive guide is your key to teaching the 21st-century skills children need for STEM learning and school success.


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Picture of the productEngineering Instruction for High-Ability Learners in K–8
Engineering Instruction for High-Ability Learners in K-8 Classrooms

by Alicia Cotabish, Debbie Dailey

Engineering Instruction for High-Ability Learners in K–8 Classrooms is an application-based practitioners’ guide to applied engineering that is grounded in engineering practices found in curriculum standards. The book provides educators with information and examples on integrating engineering into existing and newly designed curriculum.

The book specifies necessary components of engineering curriculum and instruction, recommends appropriate activities to encourage problem solving, creativity and innovation, and provides examples of innovative technology in engineering curriculum and instruction. Additionally, authors discuss professional development practices to best prepare teachers for engineering instruction and provide recommendations to identify engineering talent among F–8 students. Finally, the book includes a wealth of resources, including sample lesson and assessment plans, to assist educators in integrating engineering into their curriculum and instruction.


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Picture of the productExemplary STEM Programs: Designs for Success
by Herbert Brunkhorst & Robert Yager

Everybody talks about STEM initiatives, but is anybody doing them effectively? This book's answer is a resounding yes! It tells the inside stories of 24 science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs that both connect with the Next Generation Science Standards and lead to successful student learning.
The featured programs make it clear that STEM education can work for all age levels and in a variety of settings—traditional classrooms, charter and magnet schools, informal education programs, and after-school and summer activities.

A look at the chapter titles shows you the broad range of STEM-related subjects:
STEM Starters: An Effective Model for Elementary Teachers and Students
STEMRAYS: After-School STEM Research Clubs
Urban STEM: Watch It Grow!
Mission Biotech: Using Technology to Support Learner Engagement in STEM
Mixed-Reality Labs: Combining Sensors and Simulations to Improve STEM Education
A State STEM Initiative Takes Root and Blossoms
Developing STEM Site-Based Teacher and Administrator Leadership

Whether you’re a teacher seeking fresh ideas, an administrator eager to learn what other schools do, or a district science coordinator charged with making professional development more effective, this creative collection offers the information and inspiration you need to make your own STEM programs exemplary.


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Picture of the productFrom STEM to STEAM: Brain-Compatible Strategies and Lessons
From STEM to STEAM: Brain-Compatible Strategies and Lessons That Integrate the Arts, 2ed

by David Sousa & Thomas Pilecki

Art and science both hinge on discovery, and discovery requires thinking out of the box. But how do you lead students to think creatively in STEM education? The answer is STEAM, and A is for the arts.

STEAM—the integration of music, visual arts, and drama into daily STEM instruction—is proven to enhance student achievement in STEM subjects. After all, creative, real-world problem-solving is what working scientists and mathematicians actually do. But how do busy STEM educators weave arts activities into a sometimes inflexible STEM curriculum?

In this new edition of From STEM to STEAM, the ground-breaking bestseller, the authors provide lessons from the field to detail the way. Authors David Sousa, expert in educational neuroscience, and Tom Pilecki, veteran arts educator, pool theircombined eighty years of expertise to deliver:

Research studies in cognitive and social neuroscience, including new findings on how technology is rewiring students’ brains, that demonstrate how arts activities enhance creativity, problem solving, memory systems, motor coordination, and analytical skills—all critical elements to achieving STEM objectives.
Classroom-tested strategies and techniques for integrating the arts into STEM instruction, 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 that provide a smooth transition from STEM to STEAM, including advice on adapting STEAM to meet the individual needs and limitations of a school or district.
A list of resources available to teachers in the STEM subjects, in the arts, in arts integration, and for 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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Picture of the productGear Up! Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Acti
Gear Up! Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Activities, Years 3-6
Author: Sandra Bishop
Gear Up! Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Activities will help guide students in the primary to middle years levels as they further develop their understanding of STEM concepts. This book has been written as a sequel to Gears: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Activities, and can be used with Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, Science and Technology instruction at the years 3 to 6 level. Gear Up! adds further investigation tasks requiring the students to revise basic skills and reinforce the notion of action/reaction, force and movement. The lessons form an integrated unit of study, and have an extensive list of skills and outcomes based on Australian Curriculum content. They no only reinforce basic concepts of physics, but also encourage creativity, allowing children to let their imaginations run wild. The length of the lessons varies according to the content and extent to which you, the teacher, wish to pursue a particular notion. Some lessons may take a few hours to complete, while others may take a whole session. The lessons begin with the students sharing their prior knowledge and moving towards investigating the gears, researching them, pulling them apart and seeing them in a “real life” context. From there, the students develop their own models, write instructions for constructing those models and develop a kit to market them. The lessons plans in Gear Up! are based on Gears! Gears! Gears!®, manufactured by Learning Resources®. Sets of the Gears! Gears! Gears!® product are necessary to make full use of the activities within Gear Up!.


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