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In this episode, Margaret talks with a member of the NGSS writing team, Kenneth Huff. Kenneth clears up two common myths about NGSS and shares with us a useful lesson planning strategy called Gather, Reason, and Communicate.
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"Just because students are doing hands-on activities, it doesn't necessarily mean that they're doing those activities and reasoning to develop an explanation for the causes of the phenomena." [5:30 - 5:45] Kenneth Huff
"A key goal of NGSS is engaging students in doing science. The NGSS serve as a benchmark for all children and should be seen as the floor not the ceiling that we can't necessarily go beyond. So thinking about that another way is that if we're teaching answer, we're teaching history not science. And the hallmark of science is evidence and teaching students how to use evidence." [12:15 - 12:45] Kenneth Huff
"I want to emphasize that developing a lesson is not always for the purpose of just developing a lesson. What I mean by that is that the goal is not to produce a lesson, but for me as a professional educator to conceptualize teaching and learning and to better understand the moving parts of instruction." [22:53 - 23:15] Kenneth Huff
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