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Each 10 Performance-Based STEM Projects book provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills while learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Projects are aligned to national standards and feature crosscurricular connections, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain an enduring understanding. Each project is linked to national STEM education goals and represents one of a variety of performance assessments, including oral presentations, research papers, and exhibitions. Included for each project are a suggested calendar to allow teachers to easily plan a schedule, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain an understanding of what they are doing, as well as multiple rubrics that can be used to objectively assess the performance of students. The lessons are laid out in an easy-to-follow format that will allow teachers to implement the projects immediately.

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Grades K - 1

Grades 2 - 3

Grades 4 - 5

Grades 6 - 8



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This book offers teaching strategies that allow educators to provide students with authentic learning experiences that they can apply to their lives in school―and beyond. Beginning with a justification for authentic learning and how it teaches 21st-century skills, each subsequent chapter discusses a specific strategy and how it allows for authenticity. Strategies include project-based learning, problem-based learning, inquiry learning, and simulations. The book also includes a section on how to create lessons across the curriculum, so that students learn how all of the subject areas fit together, rather than just looking at the separate puzzle pieces. The book concludes with specific tactics that can be used inside and outside the classroom to bring the real world to students.

“This book deals with one of the specific issues of the classroom: its lack of real-life relevance. In order to make material appear meaningful, a number of tricks can be employed to motivate students and get away from materials that are produced specifically for the classroom environment. Lots of good ideas here that can be used for any number of topics and in any number of subjects, from Math and Science all the way through Language Arts.” -- Anne Denney, Teacher

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When Smart Kids Underachieve in School: Practical Solutions for Teachers takes a look at the 10 most common reasons why some smart, advanced, and gifted students do not reach their achievement potential. Reasons for underachievement range from social-emotional needs, lack of proper programming, not being challenged, and potential learning disabilities. Each chapter discusses a different cause and three practical strategies that can be used to overcome it. Useful for teachers, counselors, gifted coordinators, and administrators, this book is an easy-to-read, must-have resource for any educator looking to identify, understand, and reverse underachievement.

"When Smart Kids Underachieve in School" is an easy-to-read and essential instructional resource for any educator looking to identify, understand, and reverse underachievement.” --Midwest Book Review

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Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students: A Handbook for the 21st-Century Classroom makes the case that project-based learning is ideal for the gifted classroom, focusing on student choice, teacher responsibility, and opportunities for differentiation. The book also guides teachers to create a project-based learning environment in their own classroom, walking them step-by-step through topics and processes such as linking projects with standards, finding the right structure, and creating a practical classroom environment. Project-Based Learning for Gifted Students also provides helpful examples and lessons that all teachers can use to get started.

“We are using this book for a book study and it has provided us with great resources, ideas & research to help us jumpstart PBL for our students.” -- Suzy K., Teacher

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Each book in the 10 Performance-Based Projects series provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Projects are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain enduring understanding. Each project represents a type of performance assessment, including portfolios, oral presentations, research papers, and exhibitions. Included for each project is a suggested calendar to allow teacher scheduling, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain understanding, as well as multiple rubrics to objectively assess student performance. The lessons are presented in an easy-to-follow format, enabling teachers to implement projects immediately.

“This teacher's math workbook is part of the 10 Performance-Based Projects series which provides good opportunities for advanced learners to integrate their math learning with other 21st century skills, including flexible thinking, collaboration and presentation . . . For teachers interested in adding some additional hands-on activities to their math curriculum, this workbook can be useful resource to use.” --Mindprint Learning

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Each book in the 10 Performance-Based Projects series provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Projects are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain enduring understanding. Each project represents a type of performance assessment, including portfolios, oral presentations, research papers, and exhibitions. Included for each project is a suggested calendar to allow teacher scheduling, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain understanding, as well as multiple rubrics to objectively assess student performance. The lessons are presented in an easy-to-follow format, enabling teachers to implement projects immediately.

“I was pleased with the project choices, the fluidity of the tasks in each selection that made the material relevant to most any grade/topic, and the easy-to-follow format that allowed me to incorporate the performance based tasks immediately. I will definitely be utilizing Todd Stanley's text again in my classroom.” --Jennifer Wirtz, MiddleWeb

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Each book in the 10 Performance-Based Projects series provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills. Projects are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain enduring understanding. Each project represents a type of performance assessment, including portfolios, oral presentations, research papers, and exhibitions. Included for each project is a suggested calendar to allow teacher scheduling, mini-lessons that allow students to build capacity and gain understanding, as well as multiple rubrics to objectively assess student performance. The lessons are presented in an easy-to-follow format, enabling teachers to implement projects immediately.

“[T]he problem-based learning projects will help children achieve higher levels of thinking skills and develop projects that relate to 21st Century skills. Projects are aligned with Common Core Standards and Next Generation Standards. The book is designed for use in grades three to five but could be adapted for middle school science classrooms.” --Ruth Ruud, NSTA Recommends

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Where K-12 instruction once centered on content and memorization, today’s educators want, most of all, to teach their students to think critically and perceptively. What better way than with project-based learning (PBL)? Author Todd Stanley provides a teacher-friendly, step-by-step approach to implementing PBL, showing readers how to:

Use project and classroom management skills to create a positive, productive learning environment

Develop curriculum around ten different project types

Link projects with today’s standards

Teach students how to effectively collaborate and bring out the best in each other

"This book presents a well-organized framework for the educator interested in creating opportunities for students to learn successful skills for the future. It is a complete guide for philosophy, planning, implementation, and assessing the 21st century classroom." -- Avis Canty-Duck, Teacher

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Performance-based assessments allow classroom teachers an alternative to traditional multiple-choice tests. We often use fill-in-the bubble assessments in education to determine the readiness of students. However, in the 21st-century workplace, these types of tests fail to truly prepare students. How many times in the real world are we called upon to take a multiple-choice test? In the real world, we are called upon to prove our merit through performance-based assessments, displaying our 21st-century skills. We should be preparing students for this in the classroom. Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills makes the argument that teachers should use performance-based assessments in the classroom. It guides the educator step by step to show how he or she can create performance-based assessments for students, including what they look like, teaching students how to create them, setting the proper classroom environment, and how to evaluate them.

“There are many different ways to assess knowledge today aside from just taking a test. 'Performance-Based Assessment for 21st-Century Skills' is a great tool for teaching skills useful today and tomorrow. Covering everything from public speaking to portfolios to Internet scavenger hunts, Stanley offers a detailed explanation of each activity as well as a thoughtful list of pros and cons. The book also contains a wonderful section on how to create rubrics for the activities as well as examples. The reproducible section alone is worth the price of the book. A definite must for any teacher.” -- Mandy Marie, Teacher