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Had the pleasure of spending two days in the Northbrook, Illinois area this summer, introducing early childhood teachers at Westmoor School to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) practices and content. The second day teachers were introduced to incorporating nature-based explorations within their classrooms, including using the school yard to introduce and reinforce life and environmental science content. The Westmoor School has established a “Young Explorers Program” which places emphasis on incorporating opportunities for young children to play, explore, and discover. The addition of incorporating science, technology, engineering, and math practices and content is aligned with the goals set forth in the Young Explorers Program. The campus and school building has recently underwent major renovations which makes for a very pleasing and inviting learning environment for all the preschool to Grade 6 children that attend the school. Additionally, Westmoor has a large courtyard garden area that is maintained by the students and community volunteers. Throughout the two days of training early childhood teachers were introduced to: inquiry-based practices, journaling in the early childhood classroom, designing a classroom environment that encourages active student engagement, lessons that strengthen and develop 21st century skills. Additionally, teachers were introduced to incorporating children’s literature that reinforces STEM and Nature content. Lastly, teachers were given the opportunity to use an assortment of tools, and technology appropriate for the early childhood classroom. The following photos provide an idea of the STEM and nature-based explorations early childhood teachers conducted within the two days of training. From creating a block center that incorporates STEM practices and content, tinkering, and using the campus as a learning environment. For more information about the Science, STEM, NGSS, and Makerspace teacher training workshops and keynotes Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski provides worldwide please complete the contact form on the contact page.

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Excited to see that the White House, and a number of educational-based corporations are promoting incorporating science, technology, STEM teacher training for early childhood educatorsengineering, 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.

 

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