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: 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: COVID-19, A Teachable Moment?

During the 40 years I’ve spent as a classroom teacher I had my course curricula interrupted many times by weather events, disasters, and tragedy. Needless to say, nothing compares to what my former colleagues are facing during this World Pandemic, COVID-19. I know they are all working in overdrive to put together meaningful lessons that …

Take 10: Using Routines to Teach Science Online

We have learned all about NGSS and how Three Dimensional Teaching supports best science practices and our students learning. But how do we teach like that online!?!? We understand. You feel like you were just getting a hold on this whole NGSS thing and now life throws us this giant curveball. How can we possibly …

Take 10: Science Notebooking

As we begin using a three dimensional curriculum to align our classrooms with the Next Generation Science Standards, many questions have developed around assessment. How can we possibly assess what our students are learning as we put a greater emphasis on classroom discourse, engineering practices, and inquiry activities? How can we do so while still …

Take 10: Digging Deeper – A process for unpacking the Disciplinary Core Ideas

Welcome to Take Ten – 10 minutes of professional learning designed to meet educators’ needs remotely. Our purpose is to provide you with quick and easy strategies that you can use for planning. In this Take Ten we will be discussing how you can figure out what content your students really need to know.     Lindsey …

What Does Equity Mean in the Next Generation Science Standards?

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) emphasizes equity, that is, making its vision accessible to all students, K through 12. The framework’s goal is to provide students — regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic circumstances — with the opportunity to be successful in their science and engineering coursework. With equitable access to high quality science education, …

A Quick Start Guide to Using NGSS

It is no secret that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) cannot be learned overnight. The NGSS fundamentally alters the way science has been taught in our school systems for years, and developing a strong familiarity with its concepts will likely require reading more than just this blog post.  That said, here are a couple …