Texas Tech University
TTU HomeT-STEM Center

Books and Blogs

The Leader's Guide to 21st Century Education Ken Kay
Valerie Greenhill
2012 21st Century Skills The authors provide seven steps to implement 21st Century skills: 1) adopt your vision, 2) create a community consensus, 3) align your system, 4) build professional capacity, 5) focus your curriculum & assessment, 6) support your teachers, and
7) improve and innovate.
Why so Few Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Dr. Catherine Hill 2010 Women in STEM The American Association of University Women were chosen by the National Science Foundation to conduct a study on why women are under-represented in STEM careers and to make recommendations about counteracting the trend. This book is fascinating.
Project Based Learning (PBL) Starter Kit John Larmer 2009 Problem Based Learning (PBL) The Starter Kit is published by the Buck Institute for Education (BIE.org), and is considered by many to be the premier tool for teachers getting started in project-based learning.
Project Based Learning (PBL) in the Elementary Grades Sara Hallerman
John Larmer
John R. Mergendoller
2011 Problem Based Learning (PBL) This book is intended for elementary teachers who want to know how to implement project-based learning in their classes. It is published by the Buck Institute for Education (BIE.org).
Game-Based Learning Ideas from ISTE Andrew Miller's Edutopia Blog 2013 Gaming Learn how computer games can be used in the classroom. Mr. Miller also provides links for other resources.
Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts (Corwin Literacy) Nancy Frey
Doug B. Fisher
2013 Literacy The authors explain how to make reading more rigorous. They focus on the CCSS (Common Core State Standards), but the material is relevant even for states not using those standards.
Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College Doug Lemov
Norman Atkins
2010 Teaching The authors have identified techniques that separate great teachers from those who are merely good. They describe the techniques in "concrete, specific, actionable" ways.
Leverage Leadership: A Practical Guide to Building Exceptional Schools Paul Bambrock-Santoyo
Doug Lemov
Brett Peiser
2012 Teaching The authors identify seven principles or "levers" that help schools grow toward greatness: data-driven instruction, observation & feedback, instructional planning, professional development, student culture, staff culture, and school leadership teams.
Teaching What Matters Most: Standards and Strategies for Raising Student Achievement Richard W. Strong
Harvey F. Silver
Matthew J. Perini
2001 Teaching The authors offer four standards: rigor, thought, diversity, and authenticity.
21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn James Bellanca
Ron Brandt
2010 21st Century Skills The T-STEM Blueprint assumes students will be trained in 21st century skills. This book, a compilation of voices, will help provide insight into what exactly 21st century skills are and how to use them.
Is There an Engineer Inside You? Celeste Baine 2013 Careers Celeste Baine is one of my favorite bloggers. This book has information to help students learn about engineering and the different paths they might choose within the field.
We Are Teachers     Teaching You can find a variety of blog posts on this website plus "hot topics," grants and contests, and webcasts about a variety of educational topics.
STEM Magazine     STEM This e-zine seeks to provide clarity on incorporating STEM in the classroom.
The Fundamental 5: The Formula for Quality Instruction Sean Cain 2011 Teaching This book was recommended by folks at Snyder Junior High School. It's a quick read (only 120 pages), but the concepts are easily implemented and highly effective. You also might be interested in a website called Lead Your School that follows this book (http://leadyourschool.blogspot.com/).
Making Adventure Games in the Classroom Anastasia Salter 2014 Gaming From The Chronicle of Higher Education, this ProfHacker article talks about Adventure Game Studio
(http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/), a tool that allows you to program adventure games.
A Math Teacher's Journey to PBL Charity Allen 2012 Project-Based Learning This blog entry explains how a math teacher started using PBL in her classroom. It details both her initial failure and her successes, and it provides good ideas for math projects.
How to Use the "4 C's" Rubrics John Larmer 2013 21st Century Skills John Larmer, Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education, gives practical advice on using the four C's (critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity) in the classroom. In addition, he provides presentation rubrics - one for upper elementary, one for middle, and one for high school.
21st Century Skills
Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom Silvia Libow Martinez
Gary S. Stager
2013 STEM Invent to Learn relies on the maker movement idea that making or creating leads to learning. You can find the Maker Manifesto online if you would like to learn more about making. The book gives you information about why projects are important for students and how to create classroom projects. 
Doing Good Science in Middle School, Expanded 2nd Edition - A Practical STEM Guide Olaf Jorgenson,
Rich Vanosdall, 
Vicki Massey,
Jackie Cleveland
2013 Science

This expanded 2nd edition from NSTA contains "a comprehensive overview of science and engineering practices, STEM, and inquiry-based middle school science instruction."
U.S.News STEM Education Various   STEM The U.S. News blog contains "news, opinions and thoughts" about STEM education.
Hold Fast to Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty Beth Zasloff,
Joshua Steckel
2014 College From Amazon.com: "Since Joshua Steckel began work at a Brooklyn public high school as its first-ever college guidance counselor, every one of the hundreds of graduates he has counseled has been accepted to college, many to top-flight schools with all expenses paid. But getting in is only one small part of the drama of his students' stories. In a riveting work of narrative nonfiction—winner of a Studs and Ida Terkel award—Hold Fast to Dreams follows the lives of ten of Josh's students as they navigate the vast and obstacle-ridden landscape of college in America, where students for whom the stakes of education are highest find unequal access and inadequate support."
It's Debatable! Using Scioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy and Citizenship, K-12 Dana L. Zeidler
Sami Kahn
2014 Science It's Debatable! is published by the National Science Teachers Association and shows teachers how to encourage scientific literacy by helping students explore real-world questions.
Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Student Learning Mike Schmoker 2014 Teaching The author says schools need to focus on what is essential: "reasonably coherent curriculum (what we teach); sound lessons (how we teach); and far more purposeful reading and writing in every discipline, or authentic literacy (integral to both what and how we teach).
Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Page D. Keeley 2008 Science

A workshop leader this summer (2014) suggested this book to participants. The author provides 75 formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTS) that help "provide teachers and students with information about their factual, conceptual, and procedural understandings in science."
Science Formative Assessment Volume 2: 50 More Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Page D. Keeley 2014 Science

This is the second volume and provides 50 more FACTS.
Mathematics Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning Pade D. Keeley
Cheryl Rose Tobey
2011 Mathematics

Mathematics Formative Assessment provides formative assessment classroom techniques (FACTS) that help "provide teachers and students with information about their factual, conceptual, and procedural understandings in" mathematics.
Building a Better Teacher: HOW Teaching Works (and How to Teach it to Everyone) Elizabeth Green 2014 Teaching

Green theorizes that two philosophies of teaching dominate our culture: accountability and autonomy. Both, she says, indicate that good teachers are born with special skills. But she suggests that great teachers aren't born but that they prepare themselves or others prepare them. Green discusses how to best prepare teachers for the classroom. If you're interested in the book, you may be interested in reading the article taken from the book "Why Do Americans Stink at Math" on this page.
Teaching Problems and the Problems of Teaching Magdalene Lampert 2003 Teaching

"It is possible to teach students and subjects in a classroom, and even to teach well and elegantly. How a teacher manages the complexity is what we need to understand." Reviewers agree that, although the topic for the book is mathematics, the content cuts across content areas and is appropriate for most teachers.
Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking
Margie Pearse & K. M. Walton
Margie Pearse
K. M. Walton
2011 Teaching

Pearse and Walton contend that American students are mathematically behind the rest of the world because "many students know how to do the math but do not know how to think through the math." The authors consider numeracy the area that students in other countries are learning but that American students are not, and they define numeracy as "deep thinking, meaning-making, and sense-building," or being able to "think through math."
Why Do Americans Stink at Math Elizabeth Green 2014 Teaching

This article from The New York Times is taken from Green's book, Building a Better Teacher. Green tells of Akihiko Takahashi, a Japanese teacher who became enamored of American teaching ideas. However, when he moved to the US, he found that the math ideas that he had used with great success in Japan were rarely used in American schools. You may also be interested in reading "Behind the Cover Story: Elizabeth Green on America's Math Crisis" from The New York Times in which Rachel Nolan interviews Elizabeth Green about her book Building a Better Teacher.
Changing the Conversation: Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering Committee on Public Understanding of Engineering Messages
National Academy of Engineering
2008 Engineering This book discusses not only how to change the public's understanding of engineering, but also how to encourage students—"particularly girls and under-represented minorities"—to consider a career in engineering.
My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions Andrew Miller 2014 PBL Andrew Miller explains his four pet peeves about PBL. The article also has a number of useful links.
Main Course, Not Dessert: How Are Students Reaching 21st Century Goals? With 21st Century Project Based Learning John Larmer
John R. Mergendoller
2010 21st Century Skills This article explains the difference between projects and project-based learning (PBL). Buck Institute for Education identifies two purposes of the article: "1) distinguish 'main course' Project Based Learning (PBL) from the short duration and intellectually lightweight activities and projects common to many classrooms; and 2) argue that PBL is an essential tool for preparing students to reach 21st century education goals and succeed in the 21st century." If you have or create a BIE account, you can download the article as a PDF.
Why It's Crucial to Get More Women Into Science Marguerite Del Giudice 2014 Science National Geographic's article explores how women's views are crucial in science. A great read for science teachers and female students.
The Physics of Superheroes James Kakalios 2006 Science James Kakalios "explores the scientific plausibility of the powers and feats of the most famous superheroes—and discovers that in many cases the comic writers got their science surprisingly right." The book was named one of the best science books of 2005 by Discover. This may provide teachers and students with new project ideas.
The Physics of Superheroes: Spectacular Second Edition James Kakalios 2009 Science This revised edition is updated and expanded, featuring more superheroes. Mr. Kakalios has also created a variety of YouTube videos such as Science of Watchmen and Physics of Superheroes.

Don't find what you are looking for? Have a great resource to share? CONTACT US