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Applying Loose Parts in Learning Environments: A Playful, Standards-Based STREAM Approach
Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
Presented by Dr. Carla Gull, Faculty, University of Phoenix; and Dr. Suzanne Levenson Goldstein, Full Time Faculty, University of Phoenix
Moderated by Jennifer Lewis, President, Gryphon House, Inc.
Sponsored by Gryphon House
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Loose parts are open-ended, natural, and manufactured materials that can be manipulated with limitless possibilities. In this edWebinar, you will discover that a loose parts mindset:
- Supports invention
- Promotes imagination
- Inspires innovation
- Instills problem-solving skills
- Builds confidence
How can we use this in our learning settings? During this edWebinar, we will explore the development and application of a loose parts mindset in our classrooms and schools.
While loose parts is a holistic approach, we will share examples applying the loose parts mindset to science, technology, reading and literacy, engineering, art, and math lessons. You will learn how loose parts create the opportunity to interact with and manipulate variables. Loose parts challenge children to think, build, learn, and create. Join us for a little loose parts play and imagine the possibilities for your setting!
This edWebinar will be geared toward K-3 teachers; however, the universal loose parts principles apply to school librarians, principals, district leaders, PreK, and upper elementary classes as well. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.
About the Presenters
Dr. Carla Gull is an online instructor for beginning courses at the University of Phoenix. She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in curriculum design, and a doctorate in instructional leadership. She has been in education for over 20 years (including many years teaching elementary school) and hosts the Facebook group, Loose Parts Play, and the podcast, Loose Parts Nature Play. She leads professional development and academic research in outdoor classrooms, loose parts, tree climbing, and nature play. She facilitates classes with Tinkergarten, leads local nature and environmental education programming, and consults with Nature Explore. She loves finding frogs and climbing through the trees with her four boys.
Dr. Suzanne Levenson Goldstein is an online instructor for the College of General Studies at University of Phoenix. She received a BA from University of California, Los Angeles, an MA from California State University, Los Angeles, and an Ed.D. from California Lutheran University. She taught elementary school for over 30 years and loose parts was an integral part of her kindergarten through third-grade classrooms. Dr. Levenson Goldstein was also the early childhood education coordinator and the language arts mentor for the school district. She earned the school district’s Teacher of the Month award and the local television station’s Crystal Apple Award. Dr. Levenson Goldstein and her co-authors have had several research articles published in the area of loose parts and the benefits of tree climbing. She can be found on nature walks with her six grandchildren or fixing up her neighborhood Little Free Library in front of her house.
About the Moderator
Jennifer Lewis is the president at Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational resources for teachers and parents.
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