#TchLIVE: NSTA 2016 Preview


One of the highlights of my year is going to the National Science Teachers’ Conference. This year, I’m so excited to meet my fellow Tch NextGen Science Squadsters there!

In preparation, I’ll be leading a #TchLIVE Twitter Chat about #NSTA2016 on March 24, 2016 at 4PM PT. Come prepared to talk about the sessions you’ll be attending, and why. And, if you’re new, get a feel for what to expect at the conference from veterans.

When I’ve attended in the past, I’ve found it helpful to identify my focus for the conference and find sessions that meet my goals. I do that by browsing sessions online and building my schedule ahead of time. I’ve used these keywords in the past to help me find sessions: elementary, writing in science, reading in science. My focus this year in Nashville will be to continue developing my own understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In that light, I went looking for sessions related to NGSS. Here are some examples of what I found (with more to come during our Twitter Chat):


  • Supporting Three-Dimensional Learning by Spiraling K–12 Students’ Engagement with Phenomena
  • Stringing It All Together: Three-Dimensional Learning


  • Using NGSS Tools and Resources in Your Classroom
  • Linking Lessons into a Storyline — Making It Happen


  • SC-11: Building Better Lessons: NGSS Classroom Redesign
  • Motivating Modeling with Anchoring Phenomena and Challenge Questions

The Saturday NGSS Share-A-Thon is another great event for garnering ideas. Teaching Channel will be there, so swing by to say hello and receive a thank you for being part of our community!

It is going to be difficult for me to make choices about what I’ll attend, but I know that my #TchLIVE community will help me narrow down the possibilities!

#TchLIVE Reminder

Want a reminder about #TchLIVE chats on Twitter? Sign up for our Remind class and receive timely reminders: remind.com/join/tchlive. You can also find previous #TchLIVE chats here.

Kathy Renfrew currently works for the Vermont AOE as the K-5 Science Coordinator. Kathy has been deeply involved with the development and implementation of NGSS and is co-developer/presenter of NSTA: Teaching NGSS in K-5 webinars. Kathy earned National Board Certification in 1998 and won the prestigious Presidential Award for Education in Math and Science in 2000. She taught science in a self- contained classroom for over 30 years. While in the classroom, Kathy won a Toyota Tapestry grant and built a 16×20 foot log cabin with her students outside her classroom window. Kathy’s passion is improving science opportunities and education for ALL K-5 Students. The Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards create a land of opportunity for students. We just need to lead the way.


Loading comments...

You must log in before we can post your discussion point.
Don't have an account? Sign up only takes a few seconds
Load More Comments