Teacher Time: Webinars for Head Start Preschool Teachers Beyond Sink and Float: Science for Preschool Children

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
3–4 p.m. EST

The National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) is pleased to present Teacher Time, the webinar for Head Start teachers. Each month Kristin Ainslie and Dawn Williams consult, learn from, and talk with a special guest, a Head Start teacher, or researcher in the field about the joys and challenges of teaching young children.

Join us Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, at 3 p.m. EST, to learn about simple, exciting ways to enhance science learning in your classroom with Beyond Sink and Float: Science for Preschool Children. Do the children in your classroom love to sink and float objects, stir, shovel, and yes, spill? When you ask them to describe what they’re doing—how does it feel, look, or smell?—you’re helping them take their first steps into science.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to go further by giving children opportunities to gather information, ask questions, predict, and look for differences. We’ll also share the research and recommended practices for teaching science in early childhood. Come away with ideas you can use to help children explore and understand our fascinating world!

Topics for the webinar include:

  • Model asking questions and encourage children to pose their own questions
  • Incorporate play and nature-based science activities
  • Create simple investigations and collect information
  • Help children work together to learn

To see more on the topics, check out these resources:

Who Should Watch?

While anyone is welcome to participate in these webinars, they are specifically designed to meet the unique demands of Head Start teachers.

Viewing the Webinar

There is no need to pre-register. On the day of the webinar, select this link to join: http://teachertime.org/

To review system requirements and for troubleshooting information, visit: http://mcguirk.ncqtl.washington.edu/ttfaq

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We Want to Hear from You!

What are the children in your class doing? You can share ideas with other Head Start teachers across the country. Just email ncqtl@uw.edu with a photo, lesson plan, or activity that you’d like us to include in a future Teacher Time webinar. Be sure not to include children or adults in the photos, for confidentiality reasons.


You may send your questions to ncqtl@uw.edu or call (toll-free) 1-877-731-0764. Sign up to receive information and resources about quality teaching and learning.


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