Whew! We all made it. Summer is in full swing and I hope you are taking time to savor every little moment of it. Whether you are planning for the upcoming school year, taking on an additional job for some more income, or just relaxing with family and friends, this is the time of year for new perspectives. Read our July STEAMed Magazine for reference.
That’s why the 2016 July STEAMed Magazine is so meaningful to our whole team. We’re thrilled to be able to share all of the innovative and inspiring ideas from educators and artists all over the world with you!
In our cover story on page 21, we interview author and artist Elle Luna, who is also a keynote speaker at our Summer Arts Integration and STEAM Online Conference. Elle shares why it’s important for all of us to take a break so that we can listen to ourselves and rediscover who we are and what we really want. Elle has a way of honing in on the exact thing you need to hear and delivering it in in a way that makes total sense. I can’t wait for you to read that interview.
LESSON IDEAS FROM July STEAMed Magazine
If you’re looking for some fresh new lesson ideas, I highly recommend checking out the Cyborg Masks unit that is shared on page 25. Also, be sure to take a look at how Nic Hahn highlights the process of art-making through her #ProcessPigs lessons (page 11). The products she shares are amazing, which just goes to show you that the product IS determined by the process. Looking to incorporate some music into your classroom this year? Check out the Music, Gnomes and a Challenge idea found on page 6.
We also have some amazing teacher essays this issue from Australian educator Chelsea Cutting (page 16) and music educator Josette Abruzzini (page 41). How they both approach STEAM is so unique and different. Need some assessment ideas? Dr. Typhani Harris showcases the power of performance tasks on page 45.
SUMMER FUN WITH July STEAMed Magazine!
And just in case you thought this issue was all work and no play, we’ve included two special sections to prove you wrong. We’re highlighting 40 fantastic books for your summer reading list on page 31. And we’ve included a Summer Bucket List on page 48 to keep you having fun all summer long. Let’s dive on in – READ THE WHOLE ISSUE HERE!
Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.