Using Phenomenon to Drive a Unit

Learning about the use of Phenomena in NGSS aligned units has really been the bridge of understanding for me between how I have always known science should be taught and implementing the NGSS. I have spent the past year taking a deep-dive into the purpose of phenomenon and how we can utilize phenomenon in our …

Using a Makerspace with the Next Generation Science Standards

The Next Generation Science Standards place a greater emphasis on the Science and Engineering Practices (the doing of science) rather than some of the standards of the past. Of course, this is not completely new to educators in Connecticut, as our previous State Standards included similar inquiry components . But, now we’re expected to weave …

Take 10: Creating Interdisciplinary Connections through the NGSS

No matter what grade level you teach, there is no denying you could use more time to get through your curriculum. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. One way that you can make your new science curriculum more manageable, is by capitalizing on interdisciplinary connections. Not only will this make …

Take 10: Inquiry Through Play

Last month we shared with you a post written by one of our professional learning specialists about the use of inquiry at home to learn science. As a continuation of that conversation, he is an article highlighting the importance of Play on inquiry. This is helpful for those of you on double time with kids …

Take 10: Discourse in Distance Learning to Develop Equity

Recently, some of us have been asked to engage students in relevant remote science learning for the first time and are feeling very overwhelmed. Others are taking our new normal all in stride. Whatever your reaction, this is a unique opportunity to do something different that can really help kids that may have previously struggled …

Take 10: Linking STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards

By now everyone involved in K-12 education is well aware of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). NGSS was developed out of concern for science education in the United States and the ability of our students to compete in a world with an ever-increasing demand on STEM careers and people to fill them.  Incorporating STEM …

Take 10: Natural Wonder

Anyone who has ever spent any amount of time with a young child, learns one thing quickly: They have questions. So many questions in fact that studies show that on average, a 4-year old can ask between 200-300 questions a day. Children are born with a natural curiosity about the world around them. Oftentimes you …

Take 10: Re-Imagining the Possibilities

As we plan for the remainder of our school year and think about how things are going to look next fall, it’s helpful to continue to look at ways that we can teach science from home. This list was developed to provide educators with a quick, easy location to look for suggestions on how to …