The Arts Belong in STEM!

arts-belong-in-stem-300x225 Today’s post is a teaser for the post I have written for Education Closet, and is a sneak peek of my upcoming presentation at the 2014 Connectivity Conference: gathering STEAM.  I hope you join us this July!

STEM was designed with integration in mind.  It is creating a lesson that incorporates the best of science, technology, engineering and math.  It asks students to question the work they do while searching for an answer.  You calculate while you experiment.  You find the correct tools to use as you design your plan and execute it.  If focuses on process as well as product.  It is hands-on learning that does not compartmentalize, but integrates the many sides of the sciences.

What is STEAM?  It is science education at its best.  It is true arts integration.  It puts another level into the scientific process, deepens understanding of concepts and is such a natural fit.

The arts belong in STEM education.

For the complete article, please go to Education Closet.

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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of www.theinspiredclassroom.com. She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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