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Growing STEM from Early Childhood Roots
Thursday May 24, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Presented by John Funk, M.Ed., Senior Early Education Expert (Clinical Professor)
Sponsored by Frog Street Press
In this edWebinar, John Funk, M.Ed., Senior Early Education Expert, presents ideas in all areas of STEM to enhance the experience of children in an early childhood setting. The information presented will be based in research and the ideas and activities have been used successfully in early childhood classrooms. Viewers will be able to:
- Identify the subject areas included in the STEM umbrella (science, technology, engineering, math) and understand how they are interrelated for supporting early childhood standards
- Understand the common early childhood standards that should be addressed in STEM subjects
- Be motivated to provide hands-on experiences for supporting STEM content, including independent activities for centers
- Integrate multiple STEM subjects into individual activities
The goal is that each viewer will be inspired to create new ideas for supporting STEM content areas in their individual site. In the edWebinar, viewers are encouraged to create a small journal to record generated ideas for each content area that can work in her/his individual classroom. Through the individual journals, the teacher will be able to customize ideas to the age level of their students.
PreK classroom teachers and supervisors will benefit from watching this recorded edWebinar. Gain ideas for teaching STEM in early childhood education.
About the Presenter
John Funk, M.Ed., Senior Early Education Expert, has worked in early childhood since 1979. He taught preschool, first and second grades and kindergarten. While teaching kindergarten, John was chosen as the Utah Teacher of the Year and met with the President of the United States. He worked as an early childhood specialist for a large school district and managed early childhood services for Salt Lake CAP Head Start. He is Past President of the Utah AEYC. As an early childhood, reading, art, and literacy consultant for the last two decades, he has written on early childhood subjects and products for McGraw Hill, Leap Frog and Discount School Supply. He served on the editorial panel for Young Children magazine published by NAEYC. Currently, John teaches courses in early childhood, children’s literature, classroom management, reading methods and supervises interns at the University of Utah, as well as working in professional development and content for Frog Street.
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