Teaching with the Next Generation
Science Standards

Nov 11, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

What is Science and Engineering Proficiency?

It's important to understand what proficiency really means under the new standards. Previously, proficiency meant being able to answer a question in a textbook. Now, it means planning an investigation that yields data in order to answer a question set by the student. Same thing with engineering: Proficiency is identifying problems, developing prototypes, testing those prototypes, and gathering data to see if the concept devised by the student solves the problem.

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Topics: science and engineering practices

Feb 17, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

The Difference Between Standards and Curriculum in 3 Dimensions

Many people make the mistake of assuming that standards and curriculum are the same thing, but this is not the case. Next Generation Science Standards tell us the minimum expectations of what students will be able to demonstrate as a result of classroom instruction, but they do not tell us how students are to learn it. That is up to curriculum.

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Topics: science and engineering practices, 3-dimensions, curriculum

Feb 14, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

What Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Really Are

The understanding of what science, technology, engineering and math are has shifted quite a bit in the last few years, and too often a definition for them is lacking. If a debate is sparked, it is likely to come from this changing definition; from what the roles of the teacher, student and curriculum actually are; and from the difference between curriculum and standards … a difference that is poorly understood even by many educators.

There are still a few gray areas when it comes to where the Next Generation Science Standards came from and what they’re trying to accomplish, but one thing that isn’t gray is the backing they have from our nation’s preeminent scientists and engineers.

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Topics: NGSS, science and engineering practices, Common Core Standards

Feb 10, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Overlap with Common Core ELA & Math

The Common Core Standards (CCSS) aren't just about ELA and math time on learning, they come alive in the context of a science, technology, and engineering classroom. Developing proficiency with CCSS in the context of STEM is a win-win that enriches all disciplines and gives students an applied appreciation for technical writing and applied math.

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Topics: NGSS, science and engineering practices, Common Core Standards, ELA

Feb 9, 2016 by Francis Vigeant

Science and Engineering Practices

Science and engineering practices are not merely a set of skills, they are an intentional effort to combine both skills and knowledge in a contextualized classroom that allows students to engage with this material on a level that encourages their higher-order thinking skills. In fact, the goal of the Next Generation Science Standards is to reorder the priorities of thinking in the classroom, in some sense.

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Topics: NGSS, science and engineering practices, Common Core Standards

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