Laying the Foundation: Our NGSS Journey of Getting Elementary School Students Ready for Middle School
Providing quality science instruction at the elementary level is an endeavor for many general education teachers.
California Has Adopted a New Science Curriculum Framework - Now What …?
On November 3, 2016, the California State Board of Education (SBE) accepted the recommendation of the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) to adopt the draft Science Framework for California Public…
NGSS Implementation: A Leap of Reason
Any transformation in an organization, like a school or a district, can be a painstaking process of professional learning, creating buy-in, and fund sourcing.
Kindergarten Teachers Take On the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Science in Kindergarten is no different than teaching science in other grades. Students come to us full of wonder, resulting in endless questions.
Second Grade Seed Dispersal Engineers!
Second graders had worked hard on their engineering designs to make a lima bean that would be transported by sticking to an animal’s fur.
Modeling Is Awesome
A few years ago a team of us was teaching an astronomy lesson: “What causes night and day?” Kids watched a time-lapse of the sky over the course of several days.
NGSS: Making Your Life Easier
NGSS is a big shift. Teachers need to learn new content, figure out how this whole engineering thing relates to science, and develop new unit and lesson plans.
SciEd Side Bar: Let Them Figure It Out!
There is a vast body of research that supports the notion that for students to develop deep conceptual understanding, we must put students in the driver seat of thinking.
Sensemaking Notebooks: Making Thinking Visible for Both Students and Teachers!
"Students can’t yet write independently without basic sentence frames. Their thoughts are usually bigger than what they can put on paper." - Kindergarten Teacher
New Resource: Second Release of NGSS Example Bundles
The Example Bundles (formerly known as the Model Content Frameworks for Science) will show samples of ways to bundle the NGSS within a school year.