Category: SEP

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.  […]

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 […]

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 […]

On November 17, 2014, the Northern Illinois Science Educators (NISE) organization held their inaugural conference.  The recent adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in Illinois prompted huge demands by K-12 science teachers for professional development.  A new set of standards prompted educators to look for answers ranging in complexity from “What is NGSS?” to […]