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Episode 022: Meet K-5 NGSS teacher and instructional coach Mary Jean Giannetti

 

 

Summary:

Mary Jean Giannetti shares with us her experiences of implementing NGSS at the K-5 grade level. She shares with us how she applies NGSS to authentic outdoor/environmental field studies for her K-5 students. The show notes contain all the helpful resources she uses.

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 Show Highlights

  • 03:30 - 08:30    How Mary Jean started taking students outside while integrating NGSS
  • 11:55 - 14:45    Teaching cross-cutting concepts with only an hour a week for science
  • 15:45 - 20:45    Developing outdoor learning experiences in your community
  • 21:00 - 23:15    Mary Jean's advice for managing groups outside the classroom
  • 24:30 - 29:00    More ideas for integrating NGSS concepts with community activities
  • 30:30 - 33:20    Resources Mary Jean suggests

 Show Quotes 

"We're really trying to show those critical links between literacy, math, and science. It's only a benefit -- science is applying those skills -- so it's only a benefit that we start integrating those hopefully in our curriculum." [13:40-14:10] Mary Jean Giannetti

"Science is the way, I think, to give these kids a hook and get these kids to start becoming interested in the critical issues in our world today. In elementary science, we show them the beauty of nature, not the negative part of nature and the whole dilemma of humans, our planet and climate change. In elementary, we show them how nature works, and they're fascinated by it." [14:40-15:05] Mary Jean Giannetti

"Once you start taking them outside and you're brave enough to do that, you probably will be hooked once you observe how your students are responding." [20:00-20:45] Mary Jean Giannetti

"I think it's a matter of becoming more comfortable and then letting the results drive the instruction rather than you driving the results." [23:00-23:15] Mary Jean Giannetti

 

 Resources

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Connecting the community to the science classroom! 

Simulated creatures- students collect and classify Macro invertebrates to determine the health score of water.

In the background- This is the flood control plan our city built- essentially a giant rain garden designed to filter and manage storm water. And the pedestrian bridge.

 
In the background- This is the flood control plan our city built- essentially a giant rain garden designed to filter and manage storm water. And the pedestrian bridge.
 

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