Welcome to the first of The Science Educator posts. This category is written by educators for educators. Best practices in science education, project based learning, professional development, curriculum, and creative ideas are all the types of articles you will read here.
Welcome to the first Science with Kids post. The audience for this blog category will be any person that spends time with kids either as a parent, relative, guardian, daycare provider, nanny, or informal educator. If you are interested in exposing children to science topics, but may feel intimidated or unsure of how to introduce a science topic or how you may explain the topic, then this is the blog to follow. This blog will feature posts that discuss and give tips for engaging children in simple science activities. It will help you fine tune your ability to identify what we at CSTL like to call “teachable moments” and how they can be organized as either brief learning moments or be used as a way for building into more in depth and broader investigations. Interacting with kids is fun and if you can add value to an interaction that is educational then a child is more likely to enjoy your company and gain some thinking skills as well. Thinking critically, asking questions, and investigating possible answers is something every person needs throughout life, in education we call them “life skills” and a person that possess those skills we call “life-long learners”. As a children move through their school experiences these skills become more and more important, and as they become adults they will be priceless. Kids are naturally curious and as they get older their curiosities are shaped according to what they are exposed to. Fostering that natural curiosity in children is one of the most important things we can do as caregivers. Done correctly and consistently the impulse to stay curious will stay with children as they mature and move onto adulthood.
Welcome to the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Blog! This is our very first blog post and we hope that this blog grows into something special that many people can enjoy and hopefully engage in. As you may already know the CSTL is an organization with the mission of encouraging science learning and literacy. CSTL accomplishes this mission by creating amazing experiences locally at our science center in Long Island, NY and throughout the USA and even, the world. Our programs range from educational experiences for kids here at our headquarters to administering science competitions internationally. With such a broad range of audiences that subscribe to our services we hope to create content for all of our major audiences such as parents, teachers, and general science enthusiasts.
For parents who would be reading this blog we hope to create articles that may help parents engage their children in science learning. Articles in this category will give parents information on strategies in keeping kids interested in learning and practical experiments to try at home. The goal will be to make learning casual and simple, yet highlighting some of the best practices in child development that teachers use to get kids enthused and most importantly, curious about their surroundings.
CSTL has a history of providing quality professional development for school districts across the country and it is not uncommon for teachers to keep up with CSTL to get advice on particular scenarios and resources. We hope this blog will be an extension of the great relationships we have developed with teachers around the world. Topics such as project based learning, inquiry based learning, and hands-on lesson planning will be the core of the topics covered in these articles.
For the general science enthusiast we intend to discuss and report on a broad range of issues in science and science education. Ideas and articles will range from what’s happening in the news like new inventions, discoveries, and current events.
Thank you for reading our first blog post, we hope that you enjoyed your first visit to our blog. If you have any ideas feel free to comment.