The final assignment requires you to self-assess the knowledge and skills you have
acquired throughout this course. You will reflect on fundamental STEM in early
childhood education concepts, best practices, tools, resources, class discussions and
implemented activities. In writing, you will demonstrate the knowledge and skills you
gained through research and applications of the STEM course topics. You will have two
weeks (Units 6 and 7) to compile a written report comprised of the following 8
Write a reflective written response for each of the following 8 components. Organize
your report using the item numbers with your answers below each.
1. Developmentally Appropriate Topics
In Unit 2, you began working on the topic that you selected to focus STEM
inquiries for children. Reflect on how you used the topic to engage children’s
interest and curiosity. Provide an example from your work in the Unit 2 “Activity
Plan or Picture Books” assignments. Comment on why it is important to select
developmentally appropriate topics for early childhood STEM curriculum.
2. Virtual Field Trip
Unit 3 required you to plan a virtual field trip (VFT) and implement a Math or
Science lesson at home. Reflect on how technology is used to support and
document child inquiry. Describe how you used technology effectively with
children using examples from your work in the Unit 3 “Analog and Digital
Technology assignment” and “Virtual Field Trip” discussion. (NAEYC 6c)
3. Using Assessment for Curriculum Planning
The Unit 4 ”Bucket Challenge” discussion activity required you to assess and
problem solve to achieve a goal. Reflect on what this experience taught you
about: 1) the role of assessment, and 2) use of children’s background and prior
CHS250 – STEM in the Early
Childhood Education Classroom
Final Reflection & Report: STEM Concepts and Practices
knowledge or experience for planning curriculum. Provide a detailed example
from the discussion that illustrates how teachers effectively utilize both in
designing challenging STEM experiences and planning teaching strategies for
young children. Include a course resource in your example. (NAEYC 3a)
4. Family and Community Involvement
In the Unit 4 ”Makerspace” discussion and the Unit 7 ”Learning Center”
discussion, you identified specific ways to involve children’s families and the
community. Explain what you learned from the unit readings and discussions
about why it is important to plan authentic ways to involve families and
community in STEM inquiries. Describe two benefits to children’s development
and learning that are gained through family and community involvement. Include
specific ways in which families are supported as their children’s first teachers.
5. Math Talk Outdoors
In Unit 5, you examined authentic play in both indoor and outdoor environments
as a critical best practice underlying children’s learning of STEM concepts.
Articulate how you used the outdoor playground environment in Unit 5 to promote
children’s meaningful “math talk”. Why is this an appropriate and effective
strategy for helping young children to learn math concepts? (NAEYC 5a)
6. STEM Environments
In the Unit 6 discussion, you provisioned an environment with new and/or
repurposed materials to direct child interest, inquiry and problem solving about a
topic. Reflect on the connection between the topic, concept or learning fact and
the materials that you identified. Why is it important to start with a topic and
related concept or learning fact when provisioning the learning environment?
What is the role of material selection and placement to get children involved in
learning about and problem solving in STEM? (NAEYC 4b)
7. Resource Reflection Take-aways!
In the Units 3, 4, and 5 STEM Resources & Teaching Reflection assignments
you were asked to select from the wide body of professional literature in STEM
and early education. Reflect on how the articles helped you integrate different
concepts, strategies and techniques. Using two resources, briefly describe how
they have helped you to inform your own philosophy for teaching STEM to young
children. Give an example of something that you learned that you will use in your
current or future teaching practice. Share an example of a change in your
thinking that resulted from this assignment. What did you think before and what
do you think now? What were your “Aha’s”? (NAEYC 6d)
In Unit 7 you explored KWHL charts. Reflect on how KWHL charts are used to
involve children in planning STEM inquiries that engage their interests, curiosity
and inform the design of learning centers. Discuss why this approach and
planning tool are developmentally effective for early education learning
environments. (NAEYC 4c)
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