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Training for Next Generation Science Standards??

Jul 24, 2013 12:08pm

I went to a state introduction (MSU) with 900 other science educators. The standards, activities, planning, lessons seemed overwhelming, time-consuming and daunting. The leaders of the conference stressed that this was just an intro., and that we needed a great deal more training in order to use these national standards. They told us it would take a large amount of time to plan for each unit. Every teacher in my group was either blown away, confused or just discounted the idea of beginning a new set of standards and benchmarks.
Science does not have "Common Core." Next Gen SS is it - for national standards. I like using PBL and student-led learning and each year I update my learning with classes and/or conferences. I am told I need to start implementing Next Gen in my lessons by next year by admin.
I would welcome any ideas for training, especially online, videos, webinars... and by the way, have any of you begun using this to plan your units/lessons?

  • Science / Other
  • Pre K-12
  • Common Core / Planning


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    • Jul 26, 2013 5:05pm

      Hi Chris! I certainly understand how you could feel overwhelmed by your introduction to the Next Gen Science Standards -- it is a lot to absorb all at once! Certainly it will take some time for educators to become familiar with the standards and to update their curricula. Teaching Channel has plans underway to develop new videos and other resources to support NGSS implementation. In the meantime, please check out my blog post from a few months ago, where you will find links to some useful NGSS resources.

      I'm not exactly sure what you mean by, '"Science does not have 'Common Core.' Next Gen SS is it - for national standards." Can you please clarify?

      • Jul 27, 2013 3:02pm


        Thanks for your suggestion. I did read and and looked through your blog post. I will need to go back through this some more...
        To answer your question, the leaders of the conference told the teachers that there was not enough $$ to develop the Common Core for Science--. They stated that the answer for common core in science was the NGSS, developed by Carnegie. Did I misunderstand?

        I am glad I found Teaching Channel. I have used Discovery Channel ed videos, blogs and webinars in the past. I have not seen any posts/videos for NGSS yet.

        I hope you understand, I am open to change and am glad to be updating our curriculum. I was just hoping to get some help with developing my lessons, unit plans and curriculum using these standards. Also, I was just hoping to get some of these plans completed this summer!

        I have the Standards, both online and hard copy, I guess the actual write-up for my class plans, and the way I integrate these standards is just confusing. It looks extremely detailed and complex. A few of the leaders came around when we had Q & A time, and explained that we as teachers would need lots of time to learn how to develop our plans/lessons for teaching science using NGSS. They stated that it had taken a great deal of time for them (the leaders) to organize their plans for just one unit.(!)
        I do understand that there is a focus on student-led activity, discovery and PBL learning; this is terrific! I also understand that there is more of an integrated science approach, which is what I strive for. I was hoping for some organizational methods in teaching these standards... what is most effective? How should my plans be developed?

        I use Pinterest a lot and have seen some really great teacher ideas for the Common Core in English and Math lessons. I have not seen any types of plans for NGSS Science (I teach 7th Grade Science) or above.

        Thanks so much for your time and help!

        • Oct 27, 2013 2:05pm

          The NGSS have not been adopted by every state yet. I can't imagine implementing something before you have had ample opportunity to train in it and become familiar with what you are being asked to do. I will welcome feedback as well.

          • Jul 27, 2014 8:49pm

            I am also a 7th and 8th grade science teacher implementing the NGSS here in CA. I did some lessons last year and found quit a few resource although there isn't much. I have done a lot of research on these standards to try and understand them. I would love to collaborate with you and maybe we could help each other. Bozemen science channel on youtube breaks down each of the standards and the cross-cutting concepts hers the link
            This site also has some fun units for 7th grade-eGFI-
            hope this helps and let me know if you would like to share ideas :)