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

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Corwin Press, Mar 14, 2013 - Education - 260 pages
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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, analytical skills, all critical for achieving STEM success.

Now David Sousa, the best-selling author of How the Brain Works, 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; and 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.


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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 US 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 bachelor'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.

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