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How often do you find yourself asking where you can find a certain activity, lesson, scientific phenomenon or engineering problem? Searching online for ideas is not uncommon, but it can be overwhelming. In less than one second, an internet search engine can return millions of responses to almost any question! But how do you know …

Raising the Level of Cognitive Thinking in NGSS

Over the years, as teachers, we have been focused on raising the level of cognitive thinking in our students by incorporating different tiers of Bloom’s Taxonomy or increasing the Depth of Knowledge Level. Do these principles still apply for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Some say they don’t. You cannot go wrong with asking …

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 …

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 …