Engaging Young Engineers: Teaching Problem Solving Skills Through Stem by Angela K. Stone-macdonaldEngaging Young Engineers: Teaching Problem Solving Skills Through Stem by Angela K. Stone-macdonald

Engaging Young Engineers: Teaching Problem Solving Skills Through Stem

byAngela K. Stone-macdonald, Kristen B. Wendell, Anne Douglass

Paperback | May 22, 2015

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Help young childrendevelop problem-solving skills, and you'll boost their kindergarten readiness and set them up for long-term success in STEM subjects. In this timely and practical book, you'll discover how to support the problem-solving skills of all young children by teaching thembasic practices of engineeringandfive types of critical thinking skills(Curiosity, Persistence, Flexibility, Reflection, and Collaboration)—ANDdiscover how to sharpen all these skills as a teacher! Using a clear instructional framework and fun activities tailored for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, you'll help children birth to 5 explore big ideas and develop new ways of thinking through engaging and challenging learning experiences. A must for teachers in inclusive early education classrooms, this comprehensive guide is your key to teaching the 21st-century skills children need for STEM learning and school success.

  • Support school readiness.The problem-solving framework in this book helps children work toward kindergarten Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

  • Demystify and teach key engineering practices.Prepare kids for success in all STEM areas by teaching four essential engineering principles:think about it, try it, fix it, and share it.

  • Boost problem-solving skills with proven activities.All the suggested activities have been piloted and tested in classrooms and incorporate teacher feedback.

  • Plan effective lessons for all children.Discover how to use universal design for learning (UDL) to plan lessons that work for children with and without disabilities.

  • Start the learning early.Help even the youngest children develop problem-solving skills with activities tailored for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

  • Encourage language and literacy development.Get suggestions for weaving reading into problem-solving experiences, and discover how your use of language can prompt children's thinking skills.

  • Promote other skills needed for school success.With the framework and activities in this book, you'll also support development of social-emotional skills, self-regulation, and executive functioning.

PRACTICAL MATERIALS:Classroom activities that incorporate children's books, self-reflection checklists, practical strategies and modifications, Early Childhood UDL Planning Sheets, and blank Experience Planning Templates for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

See how this product helps strengthen Head Start program quality and school readiness.

Angela Stone-MacDonald, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings program. Dr. Stone-MacDonald has worked with children with disabilities and their families for the last 17 years as a paraprofessional, teacher, consultant, and researcher. Her areas o...
Title:Engaging Young Engineers: Teaching Problem Solving Skills Through StemFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:May 22, 2015Publisher:Brookes PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1598576534

ISBN - 13:9781598576535

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
ForewordMarilou Hyson, Ph.D.
A Note to the Reader

I. Why Engineering and Problem Solving are Important in Early Childhood Inclusive Classrooms
  1. Young Children are Natural Problem Solvers
  2. Universal Design for Learning in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings
    II. Using the Problem-Solving Framework to Teach Thinking Skills in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings
    1. Curious Thinkers
    2. Persistent Thinkers
    3. Flexible Thinkers
    4. Reflective Thinkers
    5. Collaborative Thinkers
    6. Curious, Persistent, Flexible, Reflective, and Collaborative Teachers


      Appendix A: Early Childhood UDL Planning Sheet—Infants
      Appendix B: Early Childhood UDL Planning Sheet—Toddlers
      Appendix C: Early Childhood UDL Planning Sheet—Preschool
      Appendix D: Blank Early Childhood UDL Planning Sheet
      Appendix E: Blank Infant Experience Planning Template
      Appendix F: Blank Toddler Experience Planning Template
      Appendix G: Blank Preschool Experience Planning Template