Tch Next Gen Science Squad in Action LIVE at NSTA 2018

Tch Next Gen Science Squad

Connected educators teach longer and have greater satisfaction in what is easily one of the best and most challenging professions.

Whether you’ve had the opportunity to connect with educators on Teaching Channel‘s Q&A board, or even just exploring the Deep Dives, the Tch Next Gen Science Squad wants to connect with you as we continue to get better together!

This year, the Tch NextGen Science Squad has been working to bring you snippets of our NGSS journey through #NextGenSquadinAction and #anewkindofpd videos on Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s a sample of what we’ve been working on this year:

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Now, we want to invite you to join us as we go LIVE at the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 15-18.

Conferences are the time when we have an opportunity be inspired and to connect with one another to share the positive parts of our profession. Teaching Channel provides us a great community to connect with throughout the year and now we’re so excited to have this opportunity to meet YOU face to face!


 

Join the Squad at 9:00 AM on Saturday Morning at the Annual Shareathon

We will be sharing NGSS resources and giveaways. And we’d love to hear what you’re doing in your classrooms and how we can help. We’ll also be previewing some of the exciting things coming from the squad this Spring that you won’t want to miss.

In a session at 9:00? Look for us in black and white Tch Squad shirts in one of these other amazing sessions and come say hello!

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NGSS-Designed Assessments for a Middle School Ecosystems Unit

Thursday, March 15, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, C201

We’ll share 3-D science assessments from a middle school ecosystems unit. Join in to analyze student work, provide hypothetical feedback, and discuss instructional responses.

Presenter: Anna MacPherson (American Museum of Natural History: New York, NY)

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Using Issues as a Context to Enhance Students’ Three-Dimensional Learning

Thursday, March 15, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, A404

Participate in hands-on middle school ecology activities that use biotic and abiotic ecological disruptions to engage students in the three dimensions of the NGSS.

Presenters: Maia Binding (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA), Dora Kastel (New Visions for Public Schools: New York, NY)

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Developing Science Practices: Constructing Explanations and Engaging in Argumentation

Friday, March 16, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, C209

Learn how to use scaffolding tools to help students construct NGSS-focused explanations and engage in argument from scientific evidence.

Presenters: Dora Kastel (New Visions for Public Schools: New York, NY), Maia Binding (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

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NGSS@NSTA Forum Session: Disruptions in Ecosystems: An NGSS-Designed Middle School Unit and PD Model

Friday, March 16, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Georgia World Congress Center, B102

We’ll explore the key features of instructional materials designed to translate three-dimensional standards into practice. Learn about this NSF-funded project and the findings from three years of field testing.

Presenters: Dora Kastel (New Visions for Public Schools: New York, NY), Anna MacPherson (American Museum of Natural History: New York, NY), Maia Binding (The Lawrence Hall of Science: Berkeley, CA)

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Not going to NSTA, but want to connect? Sign up here to get support and resources from the Squad and let us know how we can help! Until then, follow us by visiting our Deep Dive or by engaging with other blog posts from our NextGen Science Squadsters. And keep an eye out for our “Squad in Action” videos on Twitter: #NextGenSquadinAction.

Meg Richard is a seventh grade science teacher at California Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kansas. She’s been teaching science since 2010 and is a graduate of Central Methodist University and the University of Central Missouri. She’s passionate about integrating authentic, hands-on science experiences for her students, and sometimes can’t believe how lucky she is to get to do the best job in the world: teach! Meg is excited to be a part of Teaching Channel’s Tch Next Gen Science Squad. Connect with Meg on Twitter: @frizzlerichard.

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