Teaching with the Next Generation
Science Standards

May 10, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

STEM Crossover: Where ELA & Math Meet Science

Truly effective STEM instruction does not treat science,  ELA and math as stand-alone disciplines. Instead, effective STEM instruction integrates ELA skills in the nonfiction  reading, the Socratic dialogue, and the scientific plan developed in lab notebooks.

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Topics: ELA and Math

May 7, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

The Student Inquiry Experience

The next generation classroom environment needs to create this type of inquiry opportunity for the students to engage in the practices of science and engineering. Of key importance is the idea that their solution will be different from the solution created by the team next to them—and that it’s fine that they’re different. It’s all about giving students the individual opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the practices and content.

 

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Topics: Inquiry Based Learning

May 5, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

STEM and the Four Levels of Readiness

Curriculum and resources can be categorized into four levels relating to their ability to create "readiness"

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Topics: STEM Readiness

May 3, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

What Is The STEM Cycle?

The STEM cycle explains why all students must be exposed to STEM: because STEM skills are life skills. Locked in the STEM cycle are the seeds of critical thinking—creative, evaluative, and analytical thinking skills that are transferrable and that make students trainable. These skills are the key to workforce  development and the underpinnings of a student’s future college and career opportunities.

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Topics: STEM

Apr 30, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

A New Definition of Effective STEM Instruction

According to the National  Research  Council’s  2011  definition of effective STEM instruction (a definition that helped lay the foundation of what would become the Next Generation Science Standards), "Effective STEM instruction capitalizes on students’ early interests and experiences, identifies and builds on what  they  know, and provides them with experiences to engage them in the practices of science and sustain their interest."

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards

Apr 29, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

NGSS And K-12: Supporting The Shift With Effective Resources

Because of the Next Generation Science Standards, the classroom experience is moving away from the traditional models of remembering, understanding and applying information. Memorizing information, like that there are solids, liquids and gasses, won’t cut it anymore. The idea that we know this rock is sedimentary because it has layers isn’t enough. What is going to move students forward is being able to use that knowledge to analyze a situation, evaluate a problem or create something.

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards

Apr 27, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

When Art and NGSS Meet Common Core: Math & ELA

There are a number of crossovers between Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core math, art and ELA practices. Here are a few real-world examples of each.

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards, STEAM Curriculum

Apr 23, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

New Practices and New Processes in STEM Instruction

Before NGSS, you may have used textbooks, etexts, or otherwise taken a content approach centering on understanding and applying. What the new Next Generation Science Standards ask is that we go further in challenging student's higher order thinking skills: creating, evaluating and analyzing, so that students are not only consuming the content but are actually participating and interacting with it, working to develop it as a solution to a problem or answer to a question of their own within the classroom.

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards

Apr 21, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

A Three-Legged Stool of Standards

Understanding the relationship between the core components in the STEM cycle is very helpful to understanding—and applying—the three dimensions: practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts that we find within the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards

Apr 19, 2017 by Francis Vigeant

The STEM Cycle: A Cycle of Innovation

It’s a question a lot of educators have: At their core, what are the Next Generation Science Standards all about? Why do they exist? Why do we even need to consider changing our approach and methods?

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Topics: Next Generation Science Standards

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