This is the one book which will change the way you think about implementing STEM into your classroom. I found the book to be full of ideas, good examples, and just a fun book to read. It is one of the few instructional books that I could not put down. Each chapter begins with a problem and ends with a solution. This is not only a how–to guide to STEM implementation, it is also an instructional guide to best practices. The book clarifies what the science, math, engineering and technology parts of the whole STEM classroom look like, and provides many examples of how to shift the paradigm just slightly so that you can incorporate STEM into your classroom. There are lessons on project–based learning, assessment, STEM in middle school, and developing a lesson plan for implementation, one STEM area at a time. So ask yourself the tough questions, think about instruction as an interdisciplinary approach, take one small step, and use this book as the structure to hang your not so new, but changed STEM lesson on.
STEM Lesson Essentials is an indispensable resource highlighting the compelling goals of STEM education: making STEM an engaging, relevant, and exciting experience for all students. This book provides all educational practitioners—from district level administration to the classroom teacher—with not only a clear understanding of STEM as an integrative discipline, but also as a valuable digest of proven practices. Truly a must-read for anyone who wishes to be on the leading edge of the STEM wave.
— Larry R. Plank, Director of K-12 STEM Education, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Florida
With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards and the urgent need for STEM education, this book is a must-have resource for curriculum developers, instructional coaches, teachers, and others educators committed to preparing students for the 21st century. From helping define STEM and its guiding principles, to sharing best practices and implementation using authentic examples, STEM Lesson Essentials is the perfect “handbook” to immerse schools and students in an integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
—Jennifer Gutierrez, Science Specialist, Chandler Unified School District, Chandler, Arizona
STEM Lesson Essentials will change your ideas about STEM education in the classroom. This book makes clear to teachers how we can all become STEM educators, and why it should be important for us to do so. It is an excellent resource for understanding STEM instruction and integrating it into the classroom, providing teachers with the resources for STEM instruction as well as a clear understanding of the field itself.
—Elizabeth Allen, Associate Profession of Science Education, University of Central Oklahoma
STEM in a nutshell! From a research-based dissection of the STEM acronym to a practical template for planning effective STEM lessons, this book provides a thought-provoking overview for anyone interested in helping students make connections between the STEM subjects...and beyond.
—Kate Boehm Jerome, NSTA/CBC award-winning author and Science Program Developer