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

ISBN-10: 1452258333

ISBN-13: 9781452258331

Edition: 2013

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Congress passed the America COMPETES Act in 2007 which authorized funding for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives from kindergarten through graduate school. Numerous school districts across the country have obtained federal and state funding to support their proposals to increase the quality of STEM education. Because there are only so many hours in the school day, one consequence of increasing instruction in the STEM areas has been to decrease instructional time in the arts. Furthermore, high-stakes testing in reading and mathematics has further bolstered this regrettable trend. Yet, with some deep reflection, it becomes clear that the thorough study and application of the scientific, technical, and mathematical principles embodied in the STEM subjects require skills that can be significantly enhanced by training in arts-related areas. Implications from recent brain research findings, like the exciting evidence that creativity can be taught, further support the integration of arts-related topics into STEM courses as well as STEM topics into arts-centered courses. International presenter David A. Sousa and veteran arts educator Thomas J. Pilecki tackle this hot topic and demonstrate how integrating the arts into the STEM areas gives teachers the capacity to provide students the skills they need to be more successful in learning and applying STEM content.
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List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 4/23/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Tom Pilecki, MA, is the former executive director� of the Center for Creative Education (CCE) in West Palm Beach, Florida, where, for twelve years, he provided professional development to over one hundred teaching artists, preparing them to teach collaboratively with elementary and middle school teachers in all curriculum content areas. With an MA in educational administration, Tom is a former elementary school teacher as well as a choral and instrumental music teacher. His forty-plus years in education include being founder and principal of St. Augustine School of the Arts in the South Bronx, New York, the subject of the Sundance Film Festival Award-Winning documentary Something Within Me as well as feature segments on 60 Minutes, World News Tonight, and The McNeil-Lehrer Report. His expertise in curriculum writing, implementation, and arts integration brought him to Chicago as curriculum director for six West Side schools before going to Florida. He continues to consult with schools and communities on a national basis. ��

Dr. David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of 15 books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the Pre-K to 12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.Dr. Sousa has a bachelorrsquo;s degree in chemistry from Bridgewater State University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris (France), and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria).Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research. His most popular books for educators, all published by Corwin Press, include: How the Brain Learns , fourth edition; How the Special Needs Brain Learns , second edition; How the Gifted Brain Learns ; How the Brain Learns to Read ; How the Brain Influences Behavior ; and How the Brain Learns Mathematics , which was selected by the Independent Publishersrsquo; Association as one of the best professional development books of 2008. The Leadership Brain suggests ways for educators to lead todayrsquo;s schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages.Dr. Sousa is past president of Learning Forward (formerly NSCD). He has received numerous awards from professional associations, school districts, and educational foundations for his commitment to research, staff development, and science education. He recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Bridgewater (Massachusetts) State University, and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College in Philadelphia.Dr. Sousa has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.

Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Introduction
Looking to the Arts
How This Book Can Help to Implement STEAM
Chapter Contents
Who Should Use This Book?
What's Coming?
Why STEM Should Become STEAM
The Power of the Arts
The Real Purpose of Schooling
The Arts Are Basic to the Human Experience
Why Teach the Arts?
The Arts and STEM Do Have Differences
STEM Learning Needs the Arts
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
What Science Says About the Arts and Creativity
Brain Organization
A Note of Caution
Thinking and Learning
Convergent and Divergent Thinking
Divergent Thinking Challenges the Brain-That's a Good Thing!
Divergent Thinking Changes the Brain-That's a Better Thing!
Why Don't Schools Engage in More Divergent Thinking?
Mind-Set: It Can Hinder or Improve Achievement
The Arts, STEM, and Creativity
Creativity Versus Intelligence
Stages of Creative Thinking
Everyone Can Be Creative
Creativity in the History of Science
Creativity in STEM Areas
Does Technology Foster Creativity?
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
Frequently Asked Questions About integrating the Arts and STEM
What Are the Arts?
Addressing Some Common Frequently Asked Questions
How Can I Do This if I Am Not an Artist and I Am Not Creative?
What About Arts Integration Versus Art for Arts' Sake?
Is There a Difference Between an Artist and a Teaching Artist?
Can a STEM Teacher Think Like an Artist and an Artist Think Like a STEM Teacher?
How Do I Make My Schedule Provide for Arts Integration?
Will Adding the Arts to STEM Affect My Students' Test Scores?
What About Common Core State Standards? Curriculum? Textbook?
Arts Perception Worksheet
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
Implementing Arts Integration in the Primary Grades (K-4)
Importance of Movement
Science, Mathematics, and the Arts in the Primary Grades
Organization of the School and Its Culture
Self-Contained Versus Departmental Organization
Planning Tips for Arts Integration
Collaboration With Older Students in Mathematics-The "Buddy System" at Its Best!
Arts Integration: A Solo Act or a Duet?
Ideas for Arts-Integrated Lesson Plans (Primary Grades)
Grade K-Mathematics
Grade 2-Science
Multigrade Arts-Related Activities About Different Animals
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
Implementing Arts Integration in the Intermediate Grades (5-8)
A Day in the Life of a Middle School Student
Departmental Organization1
Challenges of Middle School Schedules
Keeping Students Interested: Comparing Music and Science
Teacher to Teacher Collaborations
STEM Teacher and Arts Teacher Collaborations
STEM Teacher and Guest Teaching Artist Collaborations
Let's Hit the Road! Making a STEAM Class Trip Relevant
Guidelines for the Lesson Plan Format
Grade 7-Science
Grade 6-Mathematics
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
Implementing Arts Integration in the High School Grades (9-12)
STEAM and the Culture of the High School
Remembering the Purpose of High Schools
The Value of Grit
Arts Classes, Arts Integration, or Both?
The Arts Show the Human Side of STEM
Planning for an Arts-Integrated Lesson: Rerun or New Show?
Pushing STEAM Along
Sample Comparisons of Traditional STEM and Arts-Integrated STEAM Lessons
Science (Biology)-Grades 9 to 12: "It's Alive!": Creating the Human Skeletal Form and Systems From Found Objects
Mathematics/Science-Grades 9 to 12: "Living Land": Designing and Building a Community Garden
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
STEAM Lesson Plan Appetizers in Science, Technology, and Engineering
The Appetizers
Science-Grade K: "My World Through My Eyes"
Science-Grades 1 to 5: Habitat
Science-Grades 1 to 8: Earth to Table
Science-Grades 3 to 9: Digest-a-Fabric
Science-Grades 3 to 9: Learning Pitch/Frequency With a Bottle Xylophone
Science-Grades 3 to 12: Using Drama in Science Lessons
Science-Grades 5 to 9: "Cell Creation"
Science-Grades 5 to 9: Using Mobiles to Teach About Levers
Science-Grades 6 to 12: "Born This Way"
Science-Grades 9 to 12: "The Case of the Origins of Life": Sherlock Holmes' "Bigger Than Life" Case!
Science-Grades 9 to 12: Earth Structures Described Through Mime and Theater
Science-Grades 9 to 12: Learning About Nature Through Watercolor
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
STEAM Lesson Plan Appetizers in Mathematics
The Appetizers
Mathematics-Grades 2 to 3: "Oceans of Time"
Mathematics-Grades 3 to 12: Using Drama in Mathematics Lessons
Mathematics-Grades 3 to 6: Introducing Artists in Mathematics Lessons
Mathematics-Grades 6 to 8: "Fave Films and Probability"
Mathematics-Grades 9 to 12: Using Fibonacci to Make Memorable Music
Mathematics-Grades 9 to 10: A Geometry Field Hunt
Mathematics-Grades 9 to 12: "Millennium Mural"
What's Coming?
Major Points to Ponder
Putting St All Together
A Few General Guidelines for K-12 Lessons
Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Bloom's (Revised) Taxonomy Is Alive and Well
Sample K-12 Lessons: Examples of Arts-Related Activities in Science Topics
Simple Machines
Observing Plants and Animals Through Journaling
Part I of Color, Light, and Movement
Part II of Color, Light, and Movement
Periodic Table of the Elements
Objects in the Universe-Stained Glass Mural
Building Models of Cells (Plant and/or Animal)
Sample Template for Designing a STEAM Unit Across Grade Levels
Professional Development to Maintain STEAM
Role of the Building Principal/Head Teacher
Peer Coaching
Study Groups
Action Research
Workshops on New Research
Maximizing Professional Development
Conclusion
Major Points to Ponder
Resources
References
Index
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