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Articles, Books & Other Useful Tools
The following section contains links to books, articles and resources to support you in your teaching.
What is Visible Learning?
Visible learning is a pedagogical approach that focuses on giving students the tools and opportunities to illustrate their thinking, what they know, and what they continue to struggle with. Learn more.
What is Student-Directed Teaching?
Student-directed teaching aims to give the student greater control, ownership, and accountability over his or her own education. The following books and articles are good references to aid in established student-directed teaching in your classroom.
ACSD article on student-directed teaching.
A post on implementing student-directed teaching through student choice.
Why Focus on Cross-Curricular Integration?
"There aren't enough hours in the day," is an all too familiar refrain. We believe the deliberate and artificial siloing of elementary lessons and content is a major contributor to the problem.
This recent article makes a strong case for cross-curricular teaching.
Below are listed a variety of classroom resources and tools that have been shared with us by teachers in the CreositySpace community.
Although we did not author the documents directly, we find them to be well aligned with the CreositySpace curriculum and teaching philosophy.
CreositySpace curriculum was developed to fully support the K-5 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the new K-5 New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS). Forty-four states have either adopted the NGSS standards or have developed their own standards based on the NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education. Click here for a map of K-12 Science Standards Adoption.
Adopted by 20 states*
*Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Independent standards based on NRC K-12 Framework.
“The more people you have in STEM, the more innovations you'll get. The problem begins for children of all backgrounds in grade school, where they are usually asked to memorize facts out of a book instead of satisfying their natural curiosity through experiments and exploring.”
– Mae Jemison, as quoted in the Huffington Post. Jemison is the first black woman astronaut and holds both a medical degree and a bachelor degree in chemical engineering.
CreositySpace curriculum is developed in collaboration with teachers & students from across the US.
Initial evaluation of program efficacy was performed via informal surveys that probed how much students felt they had learned, what they knew about science, and what they wanted to be when they grew up.
Across all grades and both genders students felt they learned more about a given topic after participating in the CreositySpace program.
Work continues with a number of universities and federal agencies to align our impact assessment with methods that are accepted in the field. Where possible, we intend to track cohorts of students through elementary school, and into middle school and beyond, to demonstrate that connecting kids to STEM through the values and qualities of entrepreneurs forms lasting and effective impressions.