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During the first week of March early-childhood through elementary-age children throughout the nation and the world celebrate one of the most recognizable children’s authors, Dr. Seuss. Whether it be reading the third most read book in the world “Green Eggs and Ham” or dipping their hands into a big vat of Oobleck it’s customary for Dr. Seuss to be an integral part of the class lessons during the first week of March. Today I conducted a hands-on science lesson to teach children about a vast array of science topics through the literature of Dr. Seuss. Children were introduced to well known titles of Dr. Seuss as well as many titles from the Cat in the Hat Learning Library Series. The series is written by Bonnie Worth and Tish Rabe, the majority of the 40 plus books are science themes. From learning about animal habitats to weather, and the human body the Cat in the Hat Learning Library Series has recognizable characters such as the Cat in the Hat, and Sally and Nick. The children had a great time learning about science through the literature of Dr. Seuss. The following photos were taken during the four hands-on science lessons I gave today at a local private school. In addition to the hands-on science program for students I also conduct a teacher training workshop to introduce teachers to incorporating the literature of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat Learning Library Series into the classroom when teaching science. For more information about the science teacher training workshops I offer for early childhood through high school teachers contact me via this website.

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Visited Beaches Episcopal School in Jacksonville Beach, Florida for the first of three follow-up STEM education consultation visits. I had conducted a one day hands-on, inquiry-based STEM teacher training for the entire staff in June of 2013. Beaches Episcopal School had chosen to investigate implementing STEM education practices and content throughout the entire school for the 2013 school year and beyond. During my first return visit for the 2013 school year this week I was excited to see how well the integration of STEM education practices were taking place within all grade levels. All teachers are incorporating reflective journaling within their classrooms, and shared samples of their students’ journals. The pre-K, K, and First Grade Classes have planted a garden that will rotate plants according to the seasons. Students maintain the garden, and conduct STEM explorations using the garden. I was really impressed with the journals, and how eager the teachers were to incorporate STEM education within their classrooms. Teachers shared that the students are really enjoying the journals, and experiencing STEM in a hands-on-minds-on way. Parents are also excited with the push to incorporate STEM education throughout the entire school. During the consultation visit each grade level was introduced to several additional STEM investigations they could incorporate within their classes, making connections to the science content areas they will be introducing within the coming days and weeks. Check out the photos from Beaches Episcopal School, and their efforts to integrate STEM education practices and content throughout their entire school. I look forward to visiting the school throughout the 2013-2014 year to observe how STEM education can truly transform the way we teach and think.

 

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