Episode 039: Engaging in Argument from Evidence with Erin Sadler of Sadler Science


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Erin Sadler is a 7th and 8th grade NGSS teacher and shares with us strategies and resources she uses when teaching her students to engage in argument from evidence. She also walks us through the steps she takes when creating an NGSS lesson plan. Check out the shownotes for all the resources Erin Sadler shares.

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Show Highlights

  • 01:00 - 03:00    Erin's background teaching science
  • 03:00 - 05:30    The importance of argumentation & strategies for using argumentation in your classroom
  • 05:30 - 10:30    The CER (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning) model for argumentation
  • 10:30 - 14:00    How Erin constructs an NGSS lesson plan
  • 14:30 - 17:00    Erin's advice for teachers just starting NGSS implementation
  • 17:15 - 20:00    More about argumentation & rebuttal
  • 20:30 - 23:30    Student autonomy & teamwork in the classroom

 Show Quotes 

"It's super important that students are engaging in argumentation, so that they understand that science isn't a set of things they're supposed to know, but that it's an evolving concept, and that we're continually improving what we're understanding about the work around us. " [3:00 - 3:15] Erin Sadler

"I really try to emphasize the reasoning component because kids struggle with that so much. One of the things that I've found is that they feel like their evidence should speak for themselves. So I really focus on telling them that their reasoning needs to be explicit, that they need to specifically say why this evidence matters because it's not obvious to everybody."  [5:45 - 6:10] Erin Sadler

"I wish I would've heard the term explore before explain. If you're trying that as often as possible, that's really the key to NGSS. Students are investigating stuff before you're telling them what it means and giving them that background information." [14:25 - 14:45] Erin Sadler 


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