Category: NGSS

As you embark on the integration of NGSS into your classroom, you will face new challenges.  The complexity of the NGSS can be overwhelming, which is why I suggest that you start small.  For instance, create one activity that involves all three dimensions or increase your daily use of the science and engineering practices.  Eventually […]

Asking your science students to plan an experiment?  Grab the Advil because this science and engineering practice, planning and carrying out an investigation, can cause some major headaches.  In the past few years, I’ve added teacher scaffolding to help kids brainstorm experimental procedures.  Students cannot go from cookbook labs to independent procedure-writing without teacher support.  […]

I attended NSTA 2016 in Nashville with one goal in mind: Find NGSS experts from around the country and learn from them.  I left Nashville feeling satisfied that my goal had been accomplished.  I met science teachers that were as passionate about implementing NGSS as myself.  In addition, I found masters in their NGSS trade, […]

Have you ever finished teaching a lesson and said to yourself  “Wow.  That was awesome.” Sometimes I have good lessons and sometimes I have great ones.  But this one was awesome.  Best of all my students researched and communicated like real scientists.  Want to know why?  The lesson was loaded with science and engineering practices […]

Students use laptops for PhET and iPads to record data. Next Generation Science Standards tell us that inquiry always starts with a question. This school year I’ve made adjustments to my lessons to incorporate more student inquiry and less lecture.  At the 2014 Northern Illinois Science Educators Conference, Elizabeth Hamann of Lincoln-Way North HS suggested […]

The Next Generation Science Standards aren’t beating around the bush.  Could they make it any more obvious that they want me to use models?  The performance expectations at every grade band expect kids to “develop a model” and “use a model” to prove their understanding of concepts.  I spotted these references to modeling over and […]

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 […]