Teaching with the Next Generation
Science Standards

Apr 10, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Effective Curriculum Helps Students to Learn as Scientists & Engineers

When you look at Next Generation Science Standards, it’s easy to see that the curriculum you're developing needs to create a classroom environment where students have the opportunity to not only develop an understanding, but to demonstrate that understanding, because that's going to be the expectation of next generation assessments. And in order to help them develop that understanding, they must truly engage with the material as scientists and engineers. 

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Topics: Crosscutting concepts, System-Level Alignment

Jan 27, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

NGSS Standards and NGSS Curriculum

The Next Generation Science Standards define the minimum performance expectations for students. In order to meet these minimum requirements, students must be able to:

  • Apply performance expectations in multiple contexts and connect them with other standards
  • Use science and engineering practice skills
  • Understand core science and engineering ideas (as well as math and language ideas)
  • Understand the dynamic relationships that exist between different concepts

It is crucial to note that standards define what the basic elements are for effective STEM instruction. They don’t, however, define how a teacher presents material and teaches students or what the teacher will teach. 

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Topics: NGSS, Crosscutting concepts, Next Generation Science Standards, curriculum

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