Webinar “Put More ‘M’ in Preschool STEM: Purposeful Integration of Mathematics in Engineering”
Attend this edWebinar to learn strategies to enhance children’s mathematical learning as it occurs authentically during teacher-guided instruction and child-initiated exploration and play focusing on the big ideas of science, technology, and engineering. The presenter will discuss how the knowledge and skills children enact during STEM occur within five content domains defined by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) algebra, numeracy, measurement, geometry, and data analysis.
For example, children encounter algebra as they engage in repeated reasoning to make sense of patterns and structures. Numeracy and measurement intersect when children count nonstandard units (e.g., cubes, blocks) to fit and align along the length or height of various straight-line segments (e.g., along the edge of a board). Children also incorporate sorting and graphing to categorize by like attributes. Finally, formal geometry begins when children problem-solve to figure out where and how objects move in space, discover relationships between the number and length of line segments (e.g., shape), and visualize how a shape’s orientation changes in space.
Join this session to explore opportunities to connect mathematics to science, technology, and engineering. This edWebinar will be of interest to preschool teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and education technology leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.
About the Presenter
Dr. Brian Mowry serves as the Director of Content for Professional Learning at Frog Street and is the senior author of the Frog Street Pre-K Mathematics Program. Dr. Mowry has co-authored other scholarly articles and texts, including Rigorous DAP in the Early Years: From Theory to Practice. He served 25 years in the Austin Independent School District in Texas as a former bilingual preschool and kindergarten teacher as well as a district-level mathematics and early childhood specialist. During this time, he was a Teacher of the Year recipient and was awarded the AAEYC Teacher Educator of the Year in 2011. He earned his doctorate at the University of Texas with an emphasis on early childhood education. Dr. Mowry has presented at numerous state and national conferences, including NAEYC and NCTM.
About the Moderator
Jody Martin has 38 years of extensive and diverse experience in the early childhood field. She is presently the Senior Developmental Editor and contributing author for Frog Street Press. Jody has authored several teacher resource books that cover health and safety, nature-based activities, and early childhood classroom environments. She is a dynamic presenter and recognized leader in the field of early childhood education with a commitment to providing quality programs for children.
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Time: 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm EDT