OVERVIEW: Dr. Phil Bell at the University of Washington was recently asked what pre-service teachers should know about the Next Generation Science Standards. He responded with a series of Tweets or a Twitter Essay. (As an instructor of multiple science methods courses I’m considering making this a part of my syllabus.)
AUDIENCE: Any teacher educators of K-12 teachers of science (I think this list also applies to practicing teachers of science and those who provide science professional development.)
PURPOSE: This Twitter essay provides specific resources and reminders about how the teaching of science is much more than just putting a bunch of content into the heads of learners. My personal favorite is recommendation #3:
Make equity & social justice a central, daily focus of your science teaching practice —not an add-on stemteachingtools.org/sp/uses#equity
I also highly recommend following Dr. Bell on Twitter if you don’t already:
Here is a short video of Dr. Bell discussing the role of play and personal engagement in science learning.