• support efforts to expand professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators;
The annual NAEYC conference is one place where these goals are achieved, and this year was no exception!
There were many excellent sessions on science and engineering teaching in early childhood with opportunities to learn science and engineering content and see model lessons, view videos of children involved in explorations and inquiry and their teachers supporting them, share resources, discuss what science and engineering learning should look like in PreK-grade 2, share pictures of classroom and outdoor settings that support science learning, hear how programs develop an interdisciplinary approach, and learn what researchers are finding out about standards and assessment in early childhood. And more!
|A session on play provided a chunk of time |
to explore the properties of materials,
and our own thinking.
|A community of practice paired the Project Approach with the CLASS with great success.|
|Some of the ECSIF core group met to plan the annual meeting.|
|The ECSIF annual meeting--where rigorous discussion is welcomed and all can share ideas.|
|Sharing resources at the ECSIF 2013 annual meeting.|
|Experiencing an engineering challenge helps |
teachers prepare developmentally appropriate
engineering activities for their students.
|Engineering learning can be paired |
with a favorite story.
|“Defining science learning and teaching” session, led by Ingrid Chalufour, |
Cindy Hoisington, Karen Worth, and Linda Froschauer, laid the groundwork for
what is appropriate and effective science teaching in early childhood.
|Adults need to experience inquiry |
so we can help children.
|Look what I see! Adults experiencing the wonder of |
observing an interesting phenomena.
|Hope you didn't miss this session: Sharing
the BIG IDEAS of physical science |
with pre-K children: Properties of matter, force/motion, and measurement.
|These early childhood educators got right into it--there's so much to share and learn!|
Another ECSIF goal is to: