Excited to see that the White House, and a number of educational-based corporations are promoting incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) experiences in the early childhood classroom. It’s never too early to introduce young children to STEM practices and content. Children are born curious, they are natural scientists and engineers. Likewise, early childhood educators are already providing STEM experiences in the classroom via Block Centers, and beyond. The following article provides additional details of the national effort to promote STEM in early childhood classrooms. The national effort is also known as “Early Active STEM Learning”.
I have been conducting STEM professional staff development training for early childhood educators and beyond for 10 years. The teachers are always receptive to incorporating STEM experiences in the early childhood classroom, they have definitely seen the power of a STEM environment. Providing a “true” STEM environment and content often requires a paradigm shift in how teachers think, and deliver their lessons. One has to learn how to become the facilitator vs. the lecturer. Develop a classroom environment that is student-driven vs. teacher driven, one that will empower the child, and provide them with opportunities to create, think critically, communicate and collaborate with their peers.
The following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpdilpF-ey4 is from one of the many early childhood STEM-based teacher training workshops I have conducted over the years. It’s apparent that the teachers are engaged, motivated, enlightened, and have embraced STEM.
Bringing it back to the classroom the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HglYz0h2n2E is from a STEM-based session I conducted in one of the preschools I visit on a monthly basis. You can see STEM practices and content being explored by young children.
To schedule a STEM or STEAM-based teacher training session contact Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski via the contact page on this site.