The overall idea of the resource
The author’s perspective on capturing nature’s beauty through photography is presented in this article “Capturing nature’s beauty through multiple lenses.” She describes the book’s depiction of teachers incorporating nature into the subject areas they teach their learners. However, the resource’s prime focus is to provide information and evidence on why STEM should be respected in schools. It mentions topics such as rates across the country and how graduating from college with a STEM major will help individuals find work and progress in their profession and life. This resource emphasizes the significance of STEM and the people who profit from it. STEM training prepares one for not only future jobs but also life! This resource is relevant to the entire unit being studied when we intend to incorporate STEM in early childhood education classrooms. Some positive advantages will make it legitimate to include STEM in small minds like elementary school students and Pre-K schools.
The connection to other resources
The key takeaway from this resource is that I will potentially boost my learners’ interests in exploring more academic fields as they plan to attend college. I believe that my specialization in teaching STEM subject areas will be appropriate for this subject. Teaching STEM to my students would benefit them in the future, and that is my aim as a teacher: to ensure that my learners go beyond and above and be high achievers. Besides, I bear a great deal of obligation as an educator of young children. Therefore, I would use this item to teach kids how to collaborate and care about others, build compassion, form friendships with their classmates, and improve their reasoning and problem-solving abilities. Also, I will use this resource to assist children in developing literacy, science and math abilities, creative skills, and health and motor development.
However, this resource may be linked to Donohue Chip’s article “Putting the “T” in STEM for the Youngest Learners.” Chip suggests that placing the “T” in STEM learning starts by evaluating early childhood organizations’ recommendations for technology use by kids from birth to eight years old. Also, recognizing the consequences for infants from birth to three and their families, parents, and caregivers is related to the resource I am reflecting on (Donohue, 2017). Furthermore, as previously discussed in Capraro, Downes, and Arang’s article, Chip claims that what is understood and what matters most for practical technology usage is linked to guidelines from two research surveys on earlier STEM education. This is to explain how adults and technology can promote high-quality STEM interactions for young children. Finally, a knowledgeable “media coach” will engage and inspire parents and families as digital decision-makers and help them as they navigate the internet revolution, which is relevant to my teaching roles.
How the resource changed the thinking
This resource has not changed my mind since, after reading earlier in the course and studying previous materials, I now thoroughly understand why incorporating STEM into early childhood education is critical and life-changing for these children. My perception was all wrong at the start of this course because I presumed STEM might be too difficult for early childhood education students. My aha moment of improvement occurred during this course as I was slowly reading posts that drew positive perspectives about why incorporating STEM is critical and may make a big difference since these children are intelligent and can accomplish challenges if they are logical.
Capraro, K., Downes, L., & Arang, J., (2018). Capturing nature’s beauty through multiple lenses. YC: Young Children, 73(5), pp. 14–21.
Donohue, C., (2017). Putting the “T” in STEM for the youngest learners. Zero to Three, 37(5), pp. 45–52.