Head Start and Early Start Teachers Explore STEM Practices and ContentBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on June 13, 2014 in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education, Teacher Training Workshops
Had the pleasure of introducing 40 Head Start and Early Start Home-Based Teachers to STEM practices and content last month in Pico Rivera, California. The full-day early childhood STEM teacher training workshop was sponsored by the Plaza de la Raza Child Development Organization in Pico, Rivera. We started off the day getting an idea of how STEM differs from “traditional hands-on science”. We then ventured outside to learn how to use the schoolyard, backyard etc.. to introduce and reinforce STEM practices and content such as: making observations, collecting data, journaling, etc. Back inside the classroom teachers conducted hands-on-minds-on inquiry-based STEM investigations to explore the following STEM content: shapes, patterns, structure and function, building blocks, ramps, floating and sinking, and more. As always, it was great to meet so many wonderful and dedicated teachers. They left the training excited about implementing STEM practices and content with their home-based Head Start and Early Start children and families. A big thank you to Dorothy Jones for being instrumental in organizing my visit out to Plaza de la Raza Child Development Organization in Pico Rivera, California. Hope to come back again in the near future to build upon this initial STEM training.