Deanna Pecaski McLennan
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About Deanna Pecaski McLennan
Deanna Pecaski McLennan, Ph.D., 2020 Prime Minister Award Winner for Teaching Excellence in STEM and 2021 WEtech Alliance Tech Teacher of the Year, is a passionate full-day kindergarten educator, researcher and writer from Southern Ontario, Canada who has spent over twenty years working with young children.
Deanna has authored more than thirty articles for journals including Early Childhood Education Journal, Young Children, and Teaching Young Children. She has devoted her research and practice to exploring the potential for rich mathematics learning through playful inquiry and exploration. Deanna appreciates looking at life through a mathematical lens, and recognizes opportunities for authentic, complex engagement in all experiences children have while at school.
Deanna is also a mom to three children and knows firsthand the important of supporting and improving their confidence, fluency and accuracy in mathematics. She considers herself a life-long learner and has spent the last several years transforming her classroom into a safe and supportive space where children can take risks without the use of rigid programming, rote practice or worksheets. Deanna believes that educators benefit from sharing their journeys with one another and actively uses reflective writing, technology and social media to connect with others from around the world.
Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @McLennan1977
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Deanna’s book, Joyful Math, is about creating invitations for young children to engage with math ideas through art, literacy, and outdoor play. She focuses on building spaces in early childhood classrooms where children see themselves as mathematical thinkers with valuable ideas from the very start.
Joyful Math is filled with a range of tools and models, including:
- stories, vignettes, and photos illustrating how to develop a classroom environment that fosters curiosity and wonder for mathematics
- practical tips for inviting students to engage in mathematical play throughout the day
- examples of ways to document children’s experiences to make math learning visible to parents and the greater community