90 Clock Hours
Lecture: 15 Hours | Independent Study: 30 Hours | Practicum: 45 Hours
Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in Early Childhood Classrooms, Through Big Ideas offers a way to think about the future classroom and to meet the needs of children who come to, into it, with diverse experience, knowledge, and abilities. We change how we think about math and science for young children. Let’s look at the world the way the child does. Children think in terms of big ideas. In this course we focus on big ideas–like patterns, transformation, movement, balance, and relationships–to think about content, and they integrate science and mathematics through these big ideas, rather than linking them topically. In this course we look at why it is important to think about thinking, introduce assessment early to help the teacher plan for assessment before teaching even begins, and sets up an environment that will support the construction of the big ideas that integrate math and science. Real-life scenarios provide invaluable insights into the teacher’s thinking and planning. It’s a unique exploration of thinking and learning.