Month: December 2014

Have I mentioned that I’m obsessed with Ramsey Musallam?  In 2012, I had the opportunity to hear this passionate chemistry teacher speak at the ISTE Conference in San Diego.  I bought into his philosophy that student curiosity drives learning.  His teaching strategy made sense: Spark kids’ curiosity by letting them explore in the lab, then […]

There’s one piece of advice I keep hearing over and over again when it comes to implementing NGSS successfully: Do less talking about and make kids do more figuring out.  I’ve accepted this mantra as a personal challenge.  This school year I’m analyzing all of my curriculum and trying to tweak it to make it […]

After leaving the NISE Conference I found myself thinking about my current curriculum.  There’s a lot of things that I do well, but there’s certainly room for improvement in terms of infusing NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.  One aspect of my teaching that could use a little “oomph” deals with SEP Practice 7, Engaging in […]