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Tch NextGen Science Squad Question of the month (MS): How do you help colleagues who are hesitant to transition to NGSS?

Jan 24, 2017 8:04am

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  • Next Generation Science Standards


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    • Feb 1, 2017 1:14pm

      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 :)

      • Feb 4, 2017 5:44pm

        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!

        • Feb 22, 2017 4:12pm

          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.