Where do I begin learning about the NGSS?
Just getting started with the Next Generation Science Standards? Check out these resources to get an overview of three-dimensional learning. The three dimensions of the NGSS, Disciplinary Core Ideas, Crosscutting Concepts, and Science Engineering Practices, are distinct but equally important. Understanding how each dimension works (both together and separately) is a great first step towards understanding the NGSS.
Learn how to translate the NGSS from theory to practice with these two videos:
NGSS: A Vision for K-12 Science Education
Begin by watching this video, where you’ll learn more about the NGSS and the three dimensions. In a professional development session, educators are introduced to disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, and science and engineering practices. They engage in activities designed with the NGSS in mind and reflect on their learning.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
After watching the overview video, it’s time to do a deep dive into each of the three dimensions. Begin by exploring the Disciplinary Core Ideas through this video.
While Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) make up the core content of the NGSS, the Crosscutting Concepts link different domains of science and are studied across grades. The Crosscutting Concepts include patterns, cause and effect, scale, proportion and quantity, systems, energy and matter, structure and function, and stability and change. Learn more through this video.
Science & Engineering Practices
In NGSS classrooms, students learn about Disciplinary Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts while simultaneously working on science and engineering practices. These practices include asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, using mathematics and computational thinking, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.
Now that you’ve learned about the three dimensions, it’s time to evaluate lessons and materials so that you can effectively teach the NGSS. Achieve’s EQuIP rubric was created to help determine whether or not materials are NGSS-aligned. In this video, you’ll see educators working to describe what three-dimensional learning looks like in lessons.
First Steps Towards Transitioning to the NGSS
So what does the NGSS look like in action? Watch this video to see how high school teacher Tricia Shelton has started implementing the standards in her classroom. As you watch, think about the first steps you could take to implement the NGSS in your classroom.