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I had the pleasure of introducing early childhood educators of the Texas Panhandle to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) practices and content teacher training by dr diana wehrell grabowskiduring a day-long workshop. Teachers were introduced to STEM practices which include teaching via inquiry-based methods, project and problem-based learning, engineering design process, incorporating 21st century skills, incorporating technology, and more.

We started off the session with focusing on the basic foundational principles of STEM which include: striving to develop a student-driven classroom, teaching via inquiry-based practices, incorporating 21st century skills, and developing STEM lessons that make connections among all 4 disciplines, as well as incorporating the engineering design process, incorporating children’s literature and more.

Young children are natural born scientists and engineers thus, incorporating STEM explorations in the early childhood classroom makes perfect sense. It’s never too early to incorporate opportunities for young children to explore the STEM disciplines and careers.

Teachers were actively engaged in conducting hands-on-minds-on inquiry-based STEM explorations which included: conducting mini engineering design challenges such as building structures with readily available materials (clothes pins, craft sticks, and binder clips), and building ramps with paper and insulation tubing. Additionally, teachers were introduced to a wide-array of meaningful technology that can be incorporated into the early childhood classroom such as: which included: magnifying lenses, digital microscopes, simple pan scales, levels, rulers, tape measures, magnets, tweezers, pipettes and more. Teachers were also introduced to a couple new coding learning toys that are on the market to introduce young children to the basics of coding. Two of the coding toys teachers were introduced included: Fisher Price Code-A-Pillar and Click and Go Mouse by Learning Resources. I give both of these introductory coding toys a thumbs up for a method of introducing young children to the “basics of coding skills”.

It was a great training session, the teachers had a wonderful time exploring STEM practices and content. I am certain that the attendees will be incorporating STEM experiences within their early childhood classroom shortly, as well as re-thinking some of their current teaching strategies. For more information about the science and STEM teacher training and interactive keynotes Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski provides nation and worldwide contact her via the contact page on this website. The following photos provide snippets of the STEM teacher training session for early childhood teachers.

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On a blazing 98 degree day in the shade early childhood teachers at Prince of Peace Christian School and Early Learning Center spent the day getting a hands-on-minds-on introduction to incorporating science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) practices and content into the early learning environment. I introduced the early childhood teachers to foundational principles of STEAM and content. Teachers were actively engaged in conducting inquiry-based STEAM investigations throughout the day-long training. We started out the day by going outside to learn how to incorporate the outdoors, surrounding environment for introducing and reinforcing STEAM practices and content. Teachers brought journals and crayons outside to take notes, make rubbings, they used tools such as magnifying lenses, levels, rulers, and more outdoors to closely examine and gather data on leaves, trees, rocks, and buildings.

Teachers were introduced to incorporating reflective journaling in the early childhood classroom which is quite different then the traditional teacher-driven portfolio often seen in early childhood classrooms. I modeled teaching methodologies to promote a student-driven classroom, and one that will help to develop and strengthen 21st century skills in young children. During the STEAM teacher training session the following STEAM content was introduced to the teachers via engaging inquiry-based investigations: Incorporating appropriate use of technology and tools in the early childhood classroom, Integrating children’s literature with STEAM-based themes, Exploring patterns and shapes, incorporating STEAM practices and content into the block center, ramp science, tinkering, reverse engineering, and materials science.

At the close of the session, there was time for reflection… Each teacher was asked how they planned on incorporating what they learned today in the immediate, and near future within their own classrooms. And as always, teachers were asked to share what transformations they will make within their own teaching style based on attending the STEAM training. Teachers truly embraced the power of incorporating STEAM practices and content within their classrooms. A side note…. The Early Learning Center at Prince of Peace Christian School has been incorporating STEAM experiences for the past couple years. For more information about the Science and STEM based teacher training and keynotes Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski conducts worldwide complete the contact form on this site. The following photos were taken during the day long STEAM teacher training session at Prince of Peace Christian School and Early Learning Center in Texas.

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