It’s that time of year again…the time where we reflect on the past and set goals for the year ahead. As I reflect on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and what’s had the most positive impact on science teacher practice and student learning over the last few years, three readings immediately come to mind.
Check them out, along with corresponding New Year’s resolutions, below.
New Year’s Resolution 1: Engage students in modeling how and why phenomena occur.
Our students are more diverse than ever before – different experiences, needs, interests, and abilities. While diversity creates opportunities for students to learn with and from each other, it also means that teachers must intentionally adapt their instruction to meet various student needs. Here are five things effective teachers do to ensure that their lessons are optimal for all learners:
Students will understand the dynamics between people, ideas, and so on in more challenging passages.
Can you think of a teacher (especially a history teacher) out there who’s not interested in having students who can to derive so much from reading non-fiction?
The above standard is one of the reasons why it’s so easy to be a cheerleader for ACT’s College Readiness Standards. Yet embracing a College Readiness Standard is just the beginning. The real challenge (and fun!) arrives in planning engaging instruction to guide students in making these strong connections as they read non-fiction. This week, I allow me to share several ideas to help you plan your instruction guided by the College Readiness Power Standards. Read more