Episode 047: NGSS Earth Science Resources with Mark Watrin


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Looking for high quality NGSS Earth Science resources? Then this is the podcast episode for you! Meet Mark Watrin. He shares with us some incredible Earth Science resources available for teachers including dinosaur digs and volcano field work as well as many online resources.

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Show Highlights

  • 02:20 - 07:00    Introduction to Mark & his work at the DIG Field School
  • 07:00 - 11:00    How Mark connects the Field School to NGSS and Earth Science teaching
  • 11:00 - 14:30    How high school teachers are integrating Earth Science into their curricula
  • 14:30 - 20:00    The high school geology class Mark created & USGS programs for high schoolers at Mount St Helens
  • 20:00 - 28:00     Common earth science misconceptions being taught & Mark's research on asteroid and volcanic lava flow evidence for the extinction of dinosaurs
  • 28:30 - 31:00     New project on the earth history of Washington state
  • 32:00 - 41:00     Mark's advice & resources for teachers pursuing earth science

 Show Quotes 

"Quite honestly, when you run into a piece of a dinosaur out in the field, that is the phenomena. And there's no more thrilling moment than when teachers get to see that in the field."  [8:05-8:15] Mark Watrin

"Only about 11% of our high school student body takes a specifically earth science class. That means you're looking at 89% are still taking the traditional. That being said, because of the Next Generation Science Standards and because of geoscientists who really pushed for getting more earth and space science in our school standards and in our high schools and supporting that, we're seeing more inroads into that [earth science]." [12:15-12:45] Mark Watrin

"The people involved in NGSS really made a statement by saying that our current world happening that our students are not only experiencing now but will deal with in the future, really require a much stronger knowledge of how earth systems operate."  [13:30-14:00] Mark Watrin

"There's more distance in time between stegosaurs and T-Rex than there is between T-Rex and people -- but when you look in books those things are all in the same pictures."  [20:55-21:00] Mark Watrin



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