by: Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn
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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2019Stock # sc19_057_03_6Volume 057Issue 03
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Being an early childhood major, I had never really thought about using engineering experiences in my future classroom but after reading this article, I have gained a new insight. I really li... See More
Being an early childhood major, I had never really thought about using engineering experiences in my future classroom but after reading this article, I have gained a new insight. I really liked that the article explained how and why engineering should be in our early childhood classrooms. Engineering experiences allow students to use their natural curiosity and thinking skills to solve a problem or make a plan. The author explained specific ways engineering could be integrated and it was very helpful to have a better understanding how the practices could be used with young children.
Early Childhood Engineering Experiences Review
Being an early childhood educator myself, I found this article very insightful and beneficial. As educators, we always encourage our students to become problem solvers, but I never realized ... See More
Being an early childhood educator myself, I found this article very insightful and beneficial. As educators, we always encourage our students to become problem solvers, but I never realized that this is a skill that they begin to explore before even stepping foot into a classroom (i.e. reaching for an object, holding something that is imbalanced, etc.). The article states that during engineering activities, teachers have the opportunity to strengthen soft skills such as collaboration and persistence. I highly agree with this statement because when students are given the opportunity to engage in an activity with others it allows them to share their ideas, collaborate, and problem solve until a solution arises. However, I don’t believe soft skills are strengthened just through engineering activities. Students can exercise their collaborative and perseverance skills through math problems, scientific explorations, and technological experiences. The skills the students learn when they are younger are vital for them to carry on to their adolescence and their adult life.
My take on the Journal Article: Editor's Note: Early Childhood Engineering Exper
I have been an early childhood educator for nearly twenty years. I have had the opportunity, over the years, to come into contact with many of my former students and have found them to be... See More
I have been an early childhood educator for nearly twenty years. I have had the opportunity, over the years, to come into contact with many of my former students and have found them to be well-rounded young people. I have volunteered in a classroom of 4th graders that were working on a group project in which some of the students were with me when they were 3 years old in preschool. This opportunity allowed me to see first hand how well they collaborated with others in their groups.
This article suggests that when student's successes are celebrated and valued that it will build on a student's ability to be persistent and it also helps build their motivation to become better at something. I agree with this statement. I think it has much more value than experts may know. This may benefit a students' prosperity over a lifetime.
Collaboration is a skill that becomes extremely important as children become older and remains important throughout their lives, as they need that skill to function in a workplace or within their communities. Children begin learning how to collaborate in preschool by sharing toys, building together, or even working on a puzzle together. Children can also learn about empathy when engaged in a collaborative activity.
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