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Positive environments: Early childhood education conferences

Two early childhood conferences I attended this month, a national conference and a local regional conference, were awash with sessions on science, STEM, and STEAM education. Although science education is my main focus, I enjoy attending conferences because in addition to the terrific learning experience, it always lifts my spirits. Something about large numbers of […]

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Early Childhood at the NSTA 2016 national conference: Elementary Extravaganza and more!

When I search any conference schedule to choose sessions to attend I am always suspicious of those that are listed as for PreK-12. I am delighted that the NSTA 2016 national conference coming up next week in Nashville has many sessions focused on early childhood years, preschool through grade 2. I will have to make […]

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Tailoring professional development to the needs of a small group

I sometimes wish I could have another hour or more with a presenter of a session at a conference or other professional development program. I want to more-fully explore the ideas presented or a question the discussion raised in my mind. I was able to try to fill this niche for two teachers in an […]

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What will happen if I…. Preparing an effective learning environment with help from Peep

I see it all the time, children wondering what will happen if I….push on this ball, let go of this ball, put this ball in water, or throw this ball? What will happen if I…touch the paper gently with the paintbrush, shake the paint brush, put the brush all the way into the paint or […]

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Spatial thinking

The children whom I see once-a-week in an hour-long afternoon science enrichment class show growth in their exploration of building using ramps and blocks to create pathways for balls. These materials have been available each session for about four months. An hour once a week is not much time to explore a set of materials […]

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