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Head Start Teachers Attend Hands-On-Minds-On Teacher Training Workshop

on October 14, 2010 in Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on Head Start Teachers Attend Hands-On-Minds-On Teacher Training Workshop

I had the pleasure of meeting 35 Mississippi Head Start teachers during a recent hands-on-minds-on teacher training professional staff development workshop I conducted. The Young Nature Explorers Teacher Training Workshop Conducted by Dr Diana Wehrell-Grabowskiworkshop was titled “Young Nature Explorers.”  Teachers were introduced to a wide-array of life and environmental science concepts, emphasis was placed on using the school yard as a classroom to teach young children about nature. The teachers were actively engaged in the hands-on explorations to investigate the following concepts:

  • Living vs. non-living;
  • Plant life;
  • The animal kingdom;
  • Animal coverings; and
  • Patterns in nature (physical and biological).

As usual I stressed the importance of overcoming your own fears about touching living creatures such as earthworms, snails, etc… as well as letting students know your fears for snakes, spiders etc… If the young child observes their teacher reacting negatively to living creatures, the student is likely to emulate those behaviors as well. Several of the teachers who had admitted they had fears towards seeing or touching living creatures actually overcame their fears and touched some of the living creatures I had brought including pill bugs, garden snails, and earthworms. Once again it was a great group of teachers, truly motivated and excited about teaching young children.

Teacher Training: Young Nature Explorers

on September 26, 2010 in Teacher Training Workshops Comments Off on Teacher Training: Young Nature Explorers

You can sense a slight change in the seasons in Florida during this time of year, and the teacher training workshop I presented as a featured speaker at the Daytona/ Flagler County Early Learning Coalition Discovering The Joy Conference Young Nature Explorers could not have been timed better. Approximately 45 early childhood teachers were actively engaged in exploring age-appropriate early childhood science concepts. Additionally, teachers were introduced to connecting mathematical concepts, and children’s literature as they explore outdoor and life science concepts with their early childhood students. During the teacher training workshop teachers used eye loupes and simple microscopes to explore a wide-array of specimens from nature including: leaves, seeds, rocks, animal coverings, and more. Additionally, teachers observed and touched live garden snails, earthworms, and pill bugs. Teachers also were asked to draw pictures of what they observed throughout the teacher training workshop. As the session ended teachers were invited to bring the snails, earthworms, and pill bugs back to their classrooms to share with their students. Teachers left the session motivated, energized, and ready to teach their early childhood students about nature using their schoolyard as a classroom. Another great session and group of dedicated teachers. For further reading on sharing nature with children check out the following books. All the books listed can be ordered from Amazon via this site at no extra charge.

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