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K-5 Students’ Natural Curiosity: The Key to True STEM Learning
Thursday July 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Ginger M. Teague, Director of Professional Development at Project Lead The Way; with Emily Schaefer, K-5 STEM Educator
Sponsored by Project Lead The Way
Evidence demonstrates how important it is for children to have exciting learning experiences early on to capture their interest and spark lifelong passions. How can you introduce young minds to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)? How can you engage their natural curiosity to be problem solvers? And, how can you provide opportunities for students not only to develop STEM knowledge and skills, but also apply their learning to new and real-world situations?
In this webinar, Ginger Teague, Director of Professional Development at Project Lead The Way (PLTW), and Emily Schaefer, K-5 STEM educator in Crystal Lake, IL, discussed how an Activity-, Project-, Problem-Based—or APB —instructional approach can empower teachers to create an exciting STEM learning experience as early as kindergarten. Topics included:
- The role of hands-on learning activities in developing students’ skills and knowledge
- How projects can empower students to apply skills and knowledge to solve open-ended problems
- The value of student collaboration to solve real-world problems
- Strategies that Husmann Elementary School in Crystal Lake, IL used to implement an Activity-, Project-, Problem-Based STEM program and the success they experienced
Learn the fundamentals of a powerful tool to engage students in real-world problem solving, knowledge of how the APB instructional approach benefits students, and practical tips on how to implement it in your K-5 classroom. This webinar will be useful for elementary school teachers and administrators, STEM program coordinators (at the school or district level), Chief Academic Officers, and District level elementary curriculum instruction administrators.
BONUS! Access one of the PLTW Launch activities to start experiencing the value of the APB approach now. Download Rosie’s Runtime and bring a fun activity to your classroom—for free! Your download will include a printable game board, code cards, instructions for play, and more.
Ginger M. Teague, PhD, is the Director of Professional Development at Project Lead The Way (PLTW). She focuses on the PLTW Launch professional development model and instructional resources. Ginger’s research interests include professional learning communities, instructional practices, leadership, and collective efficacy. She holds a doctorate of philosophy in education with a concentration in leadership studies from The University of Tennessee, a master of arts in instructional leadership from Tennessee Technological University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The University of Tennessee. Follow Ginger on Twitter @GingerTeague.
Emily Schaefer is a K-5 STEM Educator in Crystal Lake, IL. She is a Master Teacher for PLTW and trains elementary teachers around the country who will lead PLTW Launch programs in their school districts and buildings. Most recently, Emily taught Husmann Elementary School’s STEM program for all grade-levels K-5. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. Follow Emily on Twitter @EdTech_STEM.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in- demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.