PEEP and the Big Wide World

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When children explore science, they need to talk about their work just as scientists do—asking questions, making comparisons and predictions, and discussing results. Watch Min-Jen, a preschool teacher in Cambridge, MA, engage her children in
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When children explore science, they need to talk about their work just as scientists do—asking questions, making comparisons and predictions, and discussing results. This handout accompanies the Science Talk video and briefly explains what is
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Thoughtfully designed learning environments engage children and motivate them to experiment, test, and investigate. Watch Min-Jen’s children respond to her well-planned, varied, and stimulating learning centers.
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This handout reinforces learning from the PD video on Learning Environments and outlines considerations like space and materials that make for effective centers for science inquiry.
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Recording children’s science explorations through drawings, charts, photos, and other documentation helps children reflect on and learn from their experiences. Watch Min-Jen document children’s science explorations to help them think more deeply
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This handout accompanies the PD video and outlines the benefits of documenting an investigation, the types of documentation that capture what a child is learning and how to use documentation to support children's reflecting on what they did and
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Responding to and planning for children's varied ages, developmental stages, learning styles, and interests is critical to effective teaching. Watch Min-Jen tailor her teaching to children’s individual needs, abilities, and interests.
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Handout to accompany PD video on this topic. Offers tips for a teacher's taking each child's unique characteristics (including age, developmental stage, interests, and learning styles) into account while conducting science investigations.
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n this three-week curriculum, children explore the science of ramps and movement: Week 1: Roll or Slide? Discover how different objects move on ramps. Week 2: Building More Ramps Create ramps that
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

PEEP and the Big Wide World is a preschool science series on public television that celebrates being curious and the joy of discovery. Young viewers join Peep, a newly hatched chicken, and his friends Chirp and Quack on all their wide-eyed adventures -- from discovering shadows to investigating seeds. PEEP is a FREE, bilingual website (Spanish and English) offering six units of STEM curriculum and professional development training online. For more games, video's and resources go to, http://peepandthebigwideworld.com/en/

MY TEACHING STYLE

When given time, space, and interesting materials, preschool children consistently engage in hands-on play that builds their understanding of how the world works, like making shadows on a wall, or watching water drip from a faucet. This forms the foundation on which later science understanding is developed. The Peep approach to preschool science exploration is built on the following developmental principles: 1. Young children learn from direct contact with objects 2. Children connect different experiences to form ideas about how things work. 3. Preschoolers are immersed in their own (limited) perspectives 4. Children like to exert control over their environment.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

PEEP has won numerous awards, including Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Animated Program and Outstanding Writing in Animation, Parents' Choice Gold and Silver Awards, Gemini Award, Gold World Medal from the New York Festival, Award of Excellence from the Alliance for Children and Television, and more.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

PEEP and the Big Wide World premiered in 2004 and has been funded by the National Science Foundation since then.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Contact gay_mohrbacher@wgbh.org for more information on PEEP's free resources and training materials.

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