Classroom Practices that Support Creative Investigations in Early Mathematics
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Angela Eckhoff, Author of Creative Investigations in Early Math
Sponsored by Gryphon House
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This edWebinar is designed to provide you with knowledge and lesson ideas that support young children’s development of mathematics understanding and inquiry-driven, creative thinking skills. Rather than teaching mathematics in a linear, fact-based fashion, we will explore the importance of encouraging minds-on learning experiences in the early childhood classroom. Young children build early mathematics understandings through guided and independent investigations where they are actively involved in meaningful ways. Dr. Angela Eckhoff, author of Creative Investigations in Early Math, will highlight the role of the early childhood educator, acting as guide and facilitator, in the planning, implementation, and assessment of creative mathematics experiences.
The lesson ideas and classroom vignettes that will be presented in this session incorporate opportunities to help children understand the concepts of numeracy, classification, comparing, sequencing, shape, structure, location, motion, and transformation. The lessons include critical elements of inquiry and creative thinking—open-ended tasks, activities involving social interaction, and opportunities for children’s reflection and elaboration.
This presentation will support your ability to develop and implement creative mathematics experiences in the early childhood classroom by helping you to identify the links between mathematics content and inquiry-based learning in order to:
- Develop cooperative mathematics lessons that will engage all children in your classroom
- Recognize and appreciate children’s mathematics thinking in order to build upon their current understandings
- Document and evaluate children’s knowledge development with rich, meaningful classroom work samples
There will be time for you to ask Dr. Eckhoff questions during this live, interactive event. Early childhood educators and administrators are invited to join us to learn classroom practices that support creative investigations in early mathematics!
About the Presenter
Dr. Angela Eckhoff is an associate professor of teaching and learning and co-director of the Virginia Early Childhood Policy Center at Old Dominion University in Virginia. She is a co-editor of the Growing in STEM column for Young Children and the Full STEAM Ahead column for Teaching Young Children (National Association for the Education of Young Children). Her areas of research and expertise are centered around understanding the pedagogical practices that support and extend current conceptions of creativity and content area learning during early childhood; informal (out of school) learning environments, and early childhood policy.
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