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Teaching Elementary STEM Education

Unpacking Standards and Implementing Practice-Based Pedagogy, 1st Edition

By Sherri Cianca


232 pages | 51 B/W Illus.

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This textbook offers practical guidelines for integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into the elementary curriculum in the context of addressing real-world problems, all the while cultivating in students high-level thinking and problem solving. Designed to equip future teachers with the tools to create and implement standards-based STEM curriculum and cognitively demanding tasks, author Sherri Cianca offers hands-on, easily-implemented strategies that foster student reasoning, autonomy, and humanity.

This fresh approach to STEM teaching empowers preservice educators to both design effective pedagogy and support their own development as teachers. Chapters work together to advance teachers’ abilities to determine and unpack priority standards, research effective academic resources for achieving mastery, and to translate standards-based content into a student-friendly curriculum. Chapters contain ‘probes’ throughout to uncover incomplete and inaccurate conceptions and focus attention on key learning elements. Chapter summaries and "Reflect and Apply" sections further reinforce the content throughout the book, and appendices expand on chapter content and provide further examples of STEM unit curriculum and assessment criteria.


‘In this outstanding book, Sherri Cianca presents elementary teachers of STEM with a comprehensive and practical guide to enable them to better understand, teach, and assess student understanding of integrated STEM subjects. Dr. Cianca effectively explains and illustrates how teachers can develop a STEM teaching mindset and create cognitively challenging learning tasks that engage all students in solving real-world problems. Highly recommended!’

--Larry Ainsworth, Author of Prioritizing the Common Core and "Unwrapping" the Common Core

This book is a result of years of insightful research and application of theory into practice. Cianca looks at STEM teaching and learning through the lens of integrating content and pedagogy and offers a rich blended model that is organic and free from the arbitrary traditional divisions. Simply put, the book is a valuable resource for all educators.

--Chris Moynihan, Author of Math Sense: The Look, Sound, and Feel of Effective Instruction and Common Core Sense: Tapping the Power of the Mathematical Practices

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. STEM Education

3. Priority Standards

4. Unpack Content Standards

5. STEM Learning Practices

6. STEM Transdisciplinary Integration

7. Planning STEM Tasks

8. STEM as Pedagogy

About the Author

Sherri Cianca is an Associate Professor and Student Teacher Supervisor at Niagara University in New York, USA.

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