Location: South Burlington
Training Type: In Person
Total Hours: 6
Cost: $ 150
Just Playing Around: Teaching STEM Through Inquiry, Exploration, and Play, PK – Grade 1 – Mathematics September 11, 2019
Children are naturally curious, full of questions, creative, and playful. This four-part workshop series uses the concept of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) as play; children are engaged in asking questions, making discoveries, experimenting, working with others, and working toward proficiency in the VELS, NGSS and CCSS standards. The format of each workshop reflects this playful approach to STEM. Participants will interact with each other, ask questions, explore materials, and play. Participants in this workshop will: Develop an understanding of the teaching and learning trajectories in the areas of Number and Operations, Geometry, and Measurement; Investigate ways to naturally highlight math in play situations and provide focused learning opportunities through play; Explore and extend their own math understandings during problem solving explorations; and Create math toolkits to use in their own learning environments.
Parking is on site. Breakfast and lunch included. The Just Playing Around series of workshops can also be taken as a 3-credit graduate course. The course requires participating in all four workshops, completing readings and assignments online, focusing on purposeful play, cultivating STEM identities, and strengthening both teacher and children’s mindsets with STEM content. The course instructor is Loree Silvis.