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Tch NextGen Science Squad Question of the month (MS): What resources have you found most helpful in your transition to NGSS?

Jan 24, 2017 6:00am

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  • Next Generation Science Standards

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    • Feb 1, 2017 8:05am

      There are a lot of great resources out there, but I would encourage anyone venturing into NGSS to keep going back to the framework(http://www.nextgenscience.org/framework-k-12-science-education). This helps give clarity to what we are expecting students to do at different grade bands. It might be similar to topics you have taught in the past, but the depth of content or skills might look very different.
      Some other online resources I check often or follow on facebook/twitter are:
      NGSS Educators facebook page, stemteachingtools.org, Concord consortium, http://nextgenscienceassessment.org/

      However, the most helpful tool for me is LOTS of discussions with colleagues in my school and the district around this work. I am fortunate to work with district leaders and university partners that see value in the transition to NGSS and providing teachers with time and expertise to help facilitate this shift. I would encourage others to seek out like minded colleagues, whether they are in your school or not and have consistent dialogue that includes planning and reflection on NGSS units.

      • Feb 1, 2017 11:16am

        Recently, NGSS released their bundles to give educators an idea of how to bundle by both topic (physical, life and earth) or by phenomena.

        http://www.nextgenscience.org/resources/bundling-ngss

        Looking at the standards through the lens of the bundles has been an incredible journey of how to engage middle school students.