Things change so often in education; I think its important to always show the value of implementing something new. NGSS requires quite a bit of work, but, it allows students to reach their own discoveries and understandings in new and innovative ways. If one shows colleagues what the product looks like in the classroom, I think it goes a long way. Check out the upcoming Teaching Channel NGSS Squad Selfie Videos for examples!
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I have found that those who are hesitant are typically the ones that have well-developed units over the years. The hesitation doesn't come from the science, it comes from the change. Showing them a unit or a lesson to see the AMAZING science kids are DOING and LEARNING is a very compelling argument. But like anything, it all takes time and knowledge :)
Susan, I agree. Those who are hesitant often have great units they have developed over time and they don't want to change things. I'm been trying to think about small changes, such as the introduction of a compelling phenomena at the beginning of the unit to drive student questions. Baby steps!
I am reading the book The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros. It has been very helpful with this exact problem. It explains WHY we need to change.
Here is an exerpt from Chapter 14, pg. 220:
We can't base the way we teach the way we were taught because a) we have powerful opportunities at our fingertips, and b) the way many of today's teachers were taught wasn't effective for all students, even when we were in school.
The world is changing and so are the ways students need to be taught so they can be successful in their lives.
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