Just back from presenting at the Midwest Conference on Differentiated Instruction in Chicago, hosted by Staff Development for Educators (SDE). I presented three different workshops during the conference. Exploring Physical Science Concepts for middle school teachers, Exploring The Big Ideas in Science to elementary teachers, and Developing Critical Thinking Skills via Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Concepts for middle through high school teachers. Teachers were actively engaged in hands-on-minds-on investigations throughout each of the workshops. The workshops were inquiry-based which provided the teachers with opportunities to discover, explore, and share their ideas with one another and the entire group. As always, I’m grateful to be sharing my enthusiasm and expertise with teachers nationwide. Looking forward to future visits to Chicago to conduct teacher training.
Archive for July, 2011
Video Footage Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Workshop For Early Childhood TeachersDiana Wehrell-Grabowski on July 25, 2011 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education No Comments »
These days we hear quite a bit about incorporating STEM education in K-12 classrooms. STEM explorations can and should be incorporated into the early childhood classroom. Early childhood classrooms already incorporate science, math, and simple engineering explorations. Along with the K-12 STEM teacher training workshops I conduct nation and worldwide, I’ve developed STEM teacher training workshops for early childhood teachers. The early childhood teachers have been very receptive to incorporating STEM explorations within their early childhood classrooms. Below is select video footage from a recent early childhood teacher training workshop I conducted. 75 early childhood teachers were actively engaged in conducting hands-on-minds-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) explorations. Additionally, teachers were introduced to children’s literature that had STEM-related themes. Once again, a great group of teachers.