Beth Dykstra VanMeeteren is a veteran early childhood teacher who now serves as director of the Iowa Regents’ Center for Early Developmental Education housed at the University of Northern Iowa. Her area of research is in early STEM education grounded in the child’s interest in the natural and designed world, and the synergy among STEM and literacy learning.
Fri, Sep 10, 2021 9:14 AM in Gender in the STEM world
Dakota, I like what you had to say about elementary classrooms. You advocated for "incorporating more STEM activities but leave the curious minds of students to make some decisions on their own and possibly explore some of the activities and things they may be interested." Shaping the brain architecture with STEM thinking and engineering habits of mind should occur in the primary grades...
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Sun, Dec 07, 2014 10:31 PM in Time for science
When I taught first grade, I integrated STEM and had STEM centers alongside the literacy centers where I provided open-ended materials for children to investigate force and motion, energy, and life science concepts. The children's investigations in the STEM centers allowed many opportunities for language experience activities where children the children's quest for knowledge led to an intrinsic de...
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 5:05 PM in Free 1st Grade Science Sites??
Take a good long look at this blog for quality early childhood resources that are respectful of what young children can do, and guide educators in facilitating an atmosphere that allows for children to investigate their world. It is much better than a lot of the "science for amusement and showmanship" that serves to entertain rather than nurture budding scientists.
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