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March 14, 2015
This Week: 3 Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards
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To learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards, teachers engage in interactive activities that students would do in the classroom. See why they are getting excited about the NGSS!
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Want to learn more about the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards? Take an in depth look at how they work together.
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We’re thrilled to welcome our new science laureate, Tom Jenkins, into the Teaching Channel family! Get ready to learn from his extensive experience working with science professionals, STEM and the NGSS.
Sarah's Notes

It always seems that when March hits, kids and families head for spring break retreats and teachers head to conferences. There’s just something about the “new air” of spring that sends us to each other, ready to collaborate and eager for fresh ideas and restorative conversations. It makes me wonder: why do we love conferences? Certainly people will say that it’s often because of the people. Yet, it’s not just the people, it’s the value they bring to us.

I recently tuned into a podcast featuring one of my favorite poets: Mary Oliver. It felt like the 60 minute interview was a poem itself: line after line of infinite wisdom. One morsel that I can’t stop chewing on, however, came across as almost an afterthought. She said, “The first step to devotion is attention.” Attention. Paying attention. Learning to really pay attention. I wonder if this is why so many of us devoted educators find ourselves coalescing at our professional conferences. They remind us to pay attention. The people we interact with heighten our senses of observation. Whether you’re making a cross-country trip to a large convention center, finding professional camaraderie close to home, or creating a DIY version of a conference at home on your computer, here are some tips to making your conference-going experience worthwhile!


Sarah Sarah Sig
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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Q: In what ways do the CCSS and Next Generation Science Standards overlap?
Q: What is the most beneficial part of the teacher observation process?
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