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: 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 …

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: Continuing Our Conversation on Phenomena

Welcome back to Take 10: Ten Minutes of Professional Learning. As we continue to adjust to distance learning for both our educators and out students, we want to continue our conversation on Phenomena. Today we ask you to take 10 minutes to review these resources from one of our favorite online resources, NGS Navigators. They …

Take 10: A “Lightbulb Moment”

Do you ever have a hard time conceptualizing the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards? There’s  no question that the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) take a bit of getting used to.  Between the disciplinary core ideas, the science and engineering practices, and then the crosscutting concepts, it all …