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Engaging Eager and Reluctant Learners

STEM Learning in Action

Dennis Adams and Mary Hamm

This book will help educators design STEM programs and lessons that foster teamwork and thinking while getting students actively involved in their own learning. There are many practical ideas and lesson plans that will help teachers reach both eager and reluctant learners. The suggestions for STEM curriculum and instruction are research based and standards driven. This book looks at collaborative learning, differentiation, and diversity all the while building instruction in the STEM subjects and good hands-on materials. This is done in a way that is designed to help every student feel successful and part of the class as a whole. It shows a deep respect for the unique relationship between teachers and their students as they try to navigate their way into the future. Suggestions are designed to help learners question, analyze, interpret, problem solve, and discover. The STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math are essential to understanding the world of today and the world of tomorrow. The authors view is that it takes more than innovation alone; for innovation to be useful, products of the imagination must be arranged in ways that allow them to be used to solve real world problems. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 170Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2
978-1-4758-3445-1 • Hardback • March 2017 • $60.00 • (£39.95)
978-1-4758-3446-8 • Paperback • March 2017 • $30.00 • (£19.95)
978-1-4758-3447-5 • eBook • March 2017 • $29.99 • (£19.95)
Dennis Adams is a former elementary school teacher who has taught at the University of Minnesota, University of Maine, and McGill University in Montreal. He did graduate work at Harvard University and has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of more than 25 books and more than a hundred journal articles on various educational topics.
Mary Hamm has taught at Ohio State University and the University of Colorado. More recently, she has been teaching at San Francisco State University. She has worked on both math and science standards and has published more than a dozen books and eighty journal articles on these subjects.
Informative Assessment, Lesson Plans and Activities
To engage a wide range of learners, from reluctant to eager, can be a daunting task, especially in subjects that some students may find difficult and challenging. Dennis Adams and Mary Hamm take a research-based approach at engaging students of all learning types to the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. Focusing on teamwork in the classroom, Adams and Hamm have created a guide for a more active and participatory classroom, with sample math activities, online resources, engineering activity ideas and more to help create this more active, team-building classroom. Written in a teacher friendly style, ripe with analogies and examples, this book will show teachers how to emphasize teamwork so students of all learning types will become curious and find answers together in our ever-evolving world.
Taylor Weinfurter, Youth Services Librarian

Adams and Hamm write a cogent text including the latest theories on active learning, brain-based learning, multiple intelligences, learning styles and the most up-to-date technology for teachers. By ending each chapter with practical, innovative strategies for immediately putting these theories into practice, the authors provide teachers with opportunities to empower students to become active, responsible learners. Every teacher will find something in Engaging Eager and Reluctant Learners: STEM Learning in Action! to implement in his/her classroom to enhance student outcomes.
Luann Okel Adams, Wisconsin Teacher

This book focuses on helping teachers engage student curiosity in the STEM subjects. Adams and Hamm point out how all students can do creative work in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Stimulating ideas, activities, and lesson plans are designed to encourage a positive view of STEM content and STEM learning. This is one insightful and important book for anyone interested in making a positive difference in the classroom.
Rebecca Angeles, professor of information and decision sciences, University of New Brunswick, Canada

The latest book by Adams and Hamm is a wonderful resource presenting methods to effectively integrate science, technology, engineering, and math into the inclusive classroom setting. The authors provide teachers with realistic and practical lessons that focus on providing all levels of learners with the opportunity to be successful in STEM. As a teacher, this resource provides me with easily understood examples to make learning meaningful to the students in these subject areas, which is often the greatest challenge in present-day classrooms. Throughout the book, educators are provided with various suggestions to ensure students receive opportunities to make connections to the real world, work collaboratively, and that their individual learning styles are met through the use of science, technology, engineering and math.
Krista Harrietha, teacher, Nova Scotia