Lesley Ellis on the National Stage
At the recent (November 13 -17) National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference in Washington DC, which brings together early childhood educators from all over the country and world, one of the pre-conference all day workshops was “Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in Early Childhood.” And here’s the really big news—one of the co-presenters for this workshop was our very own preschool teacher, Ann Scalley.
This is an excerpt from the conference program book… “Embrace a mindset for making and tinkering through engaging, playful experiences. Together we will investigate how tinkering and making experiences support fundamental STEM thinking and learning for young children.”
As a practitioner who has actively embraced tinkering and making in the classroom, Ann was invited to present with the author of the book Making and Tinkering with STEM: Solving Design Challenges With Young Children , by Cate Heroman. Ann shared examples and stories of what tinkering and making look like in a classroom—a Lesley Ellis classroom—with 3- and 4-year old students. Participants in her workshop included educators from all over the world, including Singapore, Spain, India and China.
We are proud of the work all of our teachers do each day with our students, and it’s especially gratifying to see the great work we do at Lesley Ellis highlighted on a national and international stage!