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Sep 15, 2017 by Nicole Lanoue

Why Time on Learning Matters When Implementing NGSS

Budgeting enough science time on learning will go a long way toward helping districts successfully implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

If you don’t have enough time on learning for science, your implementation of NGSS will likely run into some significant hurdles.

This is because of the importance of effective STEM instruction under NGSS . The National Research Council definition of effective science instruction is that it capitalizes on students’ early interest experiences and builds on it. 

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards, Implementing New Science Standards, Time on Learning

Sep 11, 2017 by Sara Goodman

7 Principles of Effective Next Generation Science Implementation

Effective implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is not random or accidental. Rather, it requires a very intentional approach to putting the curriculum and performance expectations in place. It is unlikely – and probably impossible – that this will occur without careful attention to the correct approach.

There are seven principles of effective NGSS implementation that can guide teachers and administrators as they begin a new school year.

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Topics: 3-dimensions, Implementing New Science Standards

Sep 7, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

KnowAtom's New Interactive Supports Teachers in Next Gen STEM Education

Summer is winding down, which means that most educators are back in the classroom.

I’ve been meeting with STEM teachers and curriculum planners about using KnowAtom in their classrooms. It has been so inspiring watching all of you dedicated educators as you prepare for a new year of engaging students in the creative, analytic, and evaluative forum that is science education.

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Topics: 3-dimensions, Next Generation Science Standards, Elementary Science Curriculum, Middle School Science Curriculum

Jul 30, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Surfing STEM with ScienceWorks!

Did you know there are many aspects of the Army and Navy that use science, math, and engineering to develop new technologies? We explore some really fun careers with the military that don’t involve missiles.

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Topics: Science Curriculum

Jul 23, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Exploring STEM on a Carnival Cruise with ScienceWorks!

We hop aboard a Carnival cruise ship to see how science and math are vital in helping a captain and crew run a tight ship for all onboard.

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Topics: Science Curriculum

Jul 16, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Explore How Trash Becomes Electricity with STEM in ScienceWorks!

Have you ever wondered what happens to your trash after the truck hauls it away from your curb? Well we’re going to show you how garbage can turn into powerful electricity brought right back to your home!

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Topics: Science Curriculum

Jun 4, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Designing Classrooms for Next Generation Science and Engineering Success

We frequently hear statements like this: "We teach earth science in 6th grade." While assertions of this nature are now so common and entrenched in the educational tradition as to avoid question by most educators, that shouldn’t be the case. Because again, what happens if a student wasn't there for 6th grade? What if a student was there but they had some home issues or personal issues? In a one-and-done unit, that student has missed their chance to experience this entire facet of science learning, and indeed, of our world.

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Topics: Next Generation Science

Jun 2, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Differences Between Next Generation “Aligned” vs. Designed

In short, NGSS-aligned curriculum does not demonstrate the same depth of thinking as curriculum intentionally designed to help students think critically, meet the performance expectations, and step into the shoes of scientists and engineers. To see why, it’s helpful to look at specific differences between aligned and designed curriculum, then discuss how we might go about designing classrooms for true alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards

May 31, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

Habits of Mind and the Classroom Experience

“Habits of mind” is a buzzword these days, but we shouldn’t dismiss it because of that. By way of quick background, the Habits of mind are a set of 16 life skills related to problem solving, relationship building, creativity and so forth. Without going into all of them, they include abilities such as persisting, managing impulsivity, thinking flexibility, thinking about thinking (metacognition), striving for accuracy, gathering data with all senses, taking responsible risks, and so on.

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Topics: Habits of Mind

May 28, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

How 5E’s Become Non-Linear & Iterative

In order to properly prepare students for mastery and meeting the NGSS performance expectations, we must change our perception of the 5Es from a linear process to an iterative spiral. As you will see, each phase now includes multiple Es each, linking together one to the next. When you reach the 5th stage, the cycle is not “complete,” but ready rather to inform a new iteration. The breakdown goes like this:

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Topics: 5E Instructional Model

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