Episode 064: Diving into NGSS with Spencer Martin


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Join our guest today, Spencer Martin, as he candidly shares his NGSS journey from having just a cursory review of NGSS in Texas to 3 years later in Kansas where he is currently a science curriculum instructional coach. Lots of insight on strategies that work (and don’t work) when beginning NGSS implementation.

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Show Highlights

  • 01:00 - 06:30     Introduction to Spencer and his background with NGSS
  • 06:30 - 08:30     Resources for and rigor in NGSS curriculum
  • 08:30 - 11:00     Spencer's work as a science curriculum coach
  • 11:00 - 23:30     NGSS implementation struggles and successes
  • 23:30 - 31:00     Spencer's plans for this school year
  • 31:00 - 36:00     Spencer's future NSTA workshop

 Show Quotes 

"I think the biggest part [of transitioning from a teacher to a curriculum coach] for me was realizing that it isn't 'hey, I've got these things that I can provide for you,' but it's 'hey teachers, what do you need?'" [9:10-9:20] Spencer Martin

"What I've found has worked for me is actually adopting that posture of a learner with the teacher. So, sitting down and really just arguing and debating and wrestling over the resource and saying 'how am I going to implement this?' So we create a professional learning community--a real one, not just something labeled a PLC." [15:00-15:25] Spencer Martin


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