OVERVIEW: You probably don’t need me to tell you this- but the STEMteachingtools.org site has created and curated an amazing set of resources for supporting the implementation of effective science teaching and learning through the NGSS. One of the latest tools in #48 titled: How can teachers guide classroom conversations to support students’ science learning? This tool makes the case for student science talk as not only an instructional move but as an equity move… and then provides a series of resources to support students (and teachers) who might just be starting this work and need some scaffolds and supports. The following tools are provided as links:
PURPOSE: To provide guidance and tools to support teachers and students in engaging in productive science talk and thinking.
AUDIENCE: teachers of science, administrators, PD providers, teacher educators, etc
OVERVIEW: A short document titled- Next Generation Science Standards District Implementation Indicators was recently released on the Nextgenscience.org site. This document was built with multiple partners around the US and includes thoughtful recommendations using 13 Indicators of Success.
PURPOSE: This document provides school district leaders with guidance for moving beyond an implementation process that might only include a materials adoption and a quick alignment document. The 13 indicators can be used for making the case about how to thoughtfully and intentionally implement the NGSS over a given length of time.
AUDIENCE: District administrators, PD providers, teacher leaders, state science supervisors, etc.
OVERVIEW: Seeing Students Learn Science is a new FREE document from The National Academies Press. This publication in meant to help us improve our understanding of how students actually learn science and to provide guidance as we modify and adapt our instruction and assessment practices.
The document contains 6 sections:
- Front Matter
- What’s Really Different?
- What Does This Kind of Assessment Look Like?
- What Can I Learn from My Students’ Work?
- Building New Kinds of Assessments into the Flow of Your Instruction
- You and Your School, District, and State
You can read the document FREE in your browser or download the pdf. Enjoy!
PURPOSE: Provide support to educational systems as we continue to implement the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards
AUDIENCE: Teachers, administrators, PD providers, assessment developers, etc
I’m always looking for powerful examples of engineering to share with teachers and students. This is one of my current favorites- the story of designing an elegantly simple microscope and centrifuge that can save countless lives around the world. Enjoy!
OVERVIEW: I have had several conversations with teachers and administrators about how learning targets, objectives, and success criteria should look different in science learning than they might in other content areas. Some of these conversations have been greeted with skepticism (to say the least) so it will be nice to have a resource to help guide this topic in the future. The latest STEM Teaching Tool #46 is titled: How to define meaningful daily learning objectives for science investigations… and it looks like a brilliant overview of this important topic.
PURPOSE: This STEM Teaching tool provides clarity and examples for how learning targets in science can be public, helpful, constructed with students, and designed in a way to not “give away” the concept being learned.
AUDIENCE: district and building administrators, teachers of science, PD providers, teacher educators, curriculum writers
OVERVIEW: I have owned Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Monroe (Creator of xkcd) for about a year. I keep it in my office and a few times a month I find myself opening it up and spending several minutes examining the brilliant labeled diagrams (they are amazing systems models) that show how common and important living and designed systems work. Mr. Monroe committed to using only the “ten hundred” most common words. This constraint creates a beautiful simplicity that gets to the essence of these systems. As science teachers we can learn a lesson from this. Too often we value vocabulary words as evidence of student understanding. Perhaps we should push more for simplified explanations that use everyday language.
PURPOSE: I think that any human being will find this book to be interesting and any scientist, engineer, or STEM educator will also find it to be inspiring and valuable. There is something about the clearly illustrated systems models that seem to mesh perfectly with the Next Generation Science Standards. This book also makes a wonderful gift.
OVERVIEW: The NGSS Lesson Screener is a tool designed for quickly reviewing a science learning sequence to see if the design is 3 Dimensional and on the road to meeting the expectations and shifts of the NGSS. This tool might also be useful to use prior to the more extensive NGSS EQuIP Rubric.
PURPOSE: As many of us work to build and modify K-12 science lessons and units that align to the NGSS- the NGSS Lesson Screener can be used by teams and professional development providers to make sure that work is on the right track. The NGSS Lesson Screener is designed to evaluate similar criteria to the NGSS EQuIP Rubric but is more brief and looks to be more flexible.
AUDIENCE: K-12 teachers of science, science teacher leaders, administrators, curriculum directors, PD providers, others